Impressions of Wat Phra Kaeo (Bangkok, Thailand)

At the end of our South-East Asia trip, beginning of September, we stayed in Bangkok for five nights. Besides the stunning view over the “Chao Phraya” river, the “Grand Palace” and the “Temple of the Emerald Buddha” were my highlights. This is where the legacy of ancient times is displayed in such an overwhelming way that most of our achievements nowadays seem like a joke. Here are some of my impressions.

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Not only the size but also the attention to detail make this sight really worth visiting. In general I abhor such touristy religious places, but in a city of visual overkill and bustling city life, Wat Phra Kaeo fits into the picture perfectly. Bangkok is a crowded city, filled with people seeking at least the smallest corner to pursue their dreams and aspirations.

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Wat Phra Kaeo is not far from the river, consequently, taking the boat to get there is an option. It´s a good idea to be there as soon as it opens, otherwise you´ll probably have to queue quite a while. I´d like to reassure you, but the amount of visitors is unbelievable and it´s inevitable to have tourists running into your pictures. By the way, knees and shoulders have to be covered, see-through clothing and tight pants are not allowed.

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