Yesterday we spent a wonderful couple of hours at the Royal Monastery of the Emerald Buddha, part of Bangkok’s Grand Palace complex. This is one of the most venerated sites in Thailand where people come to pay their respects to the Buddha. The Emerald Buddha itself, a small carved jade sculpture, is enshrined on a golden traditional Thai-style throne. Around this shrine are several other buildings, all part of the original monastery. The architecture is stunning, the colours fabulous, and the detail of the mosaics are amazing. Small monsters decorate the buildings’ walls, and larger gold birdlike sculptures populate the terraces. Dragons also proliferate. It’s a visual feast.
See pictures here.