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Started the organized tour portion of central and northern Thailand in Bangkok (yay, a small-ish group at 14) with a visit to the Royal Grand Palace & the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew). The Royal Grand Palace is known as Thailand’s most important landmark – a walled-in complex of more than 100 buildings spread over 2 million square feet. Construction began in 1782 and was the official residence of prior Kings however the current King resides elsewhere (nearby), but the Grand Palace is still used in official events.
Our informative guide took us on an in-depth journey through Thailand’s history and royal heritage. The Grand Palace and its throne halls are definitely majestic. We also had the chance to see the mysterious Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand.
Here is just a small sampling of the sights around the Grand Palace.