Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Grand Palace

Today we rode the express ferry to the Grand Palace, and are feeling confident enough just to brush off the touts ("wily strangers" on the sign outside the Palace is a good description) who try to introduce themselves to us.

It was originally built in 1782 - and for 150 years it was the home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government. Successive kings kept adding to it, and one who'd visited Europe even added European-style buildings.

We entered just in time for a free tour in English with a very nice woman who was very interesting and, even more important, very easy to understand.

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