The buildings of the palace that are open to visitors today tell a wistful tale of dynasties and empires. The architects behind the royal digs were inspired by the grand houses of Europe, blending Italian Renaissance flourishes with traditional Thai motifs, yet the king who inhabited this extravagant structure never surrendered to colonial powers, leaving the palace voluntarily when the Thai people voted to abolish the absolute monarchy in 1932.
For views of towering chedis (stupas) and mon dops (ceremonial towers) rising over the rooftops of old Bangkok like a crystal garden, the palace is best approached from across the churning Chao Phraya River.
The Palace is just South of Banglamphu; ride the Chao Phraya Ferry to Tha Tien Pier, and you can also visit Wat Po.
SOURCE: Lonely Planet’s “Ultimate Travelist”
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