If, like me, you’re a bit of a magpie and attracted to sparkly things, you’ll find plenty to ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ at in the Grand Palace, Bangkok.
The Grand Palace is one of the most popular attractions in Bangkok, and definitely one of the most impressive. It’s a palace complex consisting of several temples, courts and halls which was once the residence of the Kings of Siam, and is now mainly used for state functions and ceremonies.
I was really fortunate to visit on a bright sunny day which brought the dazzling colours of the mosaics to life. It was incredible just how many tiny, shiny mosaic pieces covered the walls and columns, and the intricate, colourful patterns were mesmerising!
Hindu art was completely new to me, and really intriguing. I loved the scenes of people living alongside fantastical divine beings and amazingly colourful creatures, like the snazzy pink and gold horse-like beasts below.
The colours were the most eye-grabbing feature though, and little groups like these shimmered on the walls thanks to heaps and heaps of gold leaf.
When you’re supposed to be holding up a temple but you remember you forgot to turn the oven off…
The Grand Palace is a colour explosion, and a photographer’s dream! I could have spent hours wandering around the complex with my camera, but unfortunately time (and my memory card) wouldn’t allow it.
A really fab location which should definitely be on the top of any magpie’s to-do list in Bangkok!