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I was hugely taken with Bangkok's Grand Palace on my first visit, two days after my arrival in Bangkok. Unfortunately I didn't have enough time to do it justice then, so I returned to see it again. I was interested to realize that I was going two days before my departure, giving my Grand Palace visits an odd symmetry, book-ends around my southeast Asia journey. I had a glorious sunny (and exceedingly hot) day this time, and I'm so happy with the photos that I'm going to post five of them in two blog entries. Technically these shots are all on the grounds of Wat Phra Kaeo (rather than the palace itself), which is enclosed within the Grand Palace grounds. As with Wat Arun, some of the Grand Palace buildings are decorated with chunks of ceramics - bowls and plates broken into pieces.

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Last modified: 2008-05-18 by giles