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One of the first sites I visited upon my arrival in Bangkok was the famous Grand Palace. This palace has been the official residence of the King of Siam (and then Thailand) since 1782. In present day, it’s used for official ceremonies and events and comprised of a series of magnificent buildings, gardens, and open areas. The palace is also home of Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. In the area surrounding the temple, there are many statues of yakshas who serve as guardians in front of Buddhist temples. As you can see below, they are also an integral part of Thai temple art and architecture.

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The pictures do not do this place justice, the structures and color combinations are most beautiful to the naked eye. Imagine the fine jewelry and textiles this place would inspire!

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