Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat
Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat is one of Thailand’s most beloved landmarks. This should be on every Bangkok itinerary. The architecture and decorations are amazing. The temples in the compound were built over a span of 200 years. The temples are rich in decoration. Many are made of the finest gold. The building of the Royal Palace began in 1782 and was an ongoing project for each succeeding king. Each king that occupied the palace built and rebuilt parts of this compound. Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat is surrounded by tall white stone walls. The complete compound occupies approximately one square mile.
The Phra Maha Monthain Group was built-in the central section of the compound. It was the first of the building groups. Phra Maha Monthain Group was built by King Rama I. He also built his own royal residency which he used until his death. This group was used for the coronation of King Rama I and for all the future coronations of the Chakri Dynastry. Phra Thinang chakri Maha Prasat Group was built by King Rama V. Originally this group consisted of 11 buildings, but only 3 remain today. Borophiman Mansion and Siwalai Garden Group was designed by King Rama III. He had many of the buildings of King Rama II demolished to make space for added temples that were dedicated to his father. He also built a residence where he lived till he died.
Each building in this compound has a story. It is the never-ending saga of the kings of the Chakri Dynasty. It is the heritage of Thailand. The architecture is extremely unique and captivates the imagination. Each king added to the work of the former king. One of the buildings is even done in a modern European style. King Rama VIII lived there until 1945. For more information on the different buildings and temples, please see the following websites.
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