Wat Phra Kaew

| January 19, 2012

This year many events had occurred for the good and for the bad. Recently Bangkok and many province of Thailand had experience the worst flood in history. The bad had just ended and good sign is obvious. It started during Thailand’s fathers day when the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew opens to the public during the evening. Everyone knows this historical monument is only opened during the day time. But during the 4-9 of December 2011 on the occasion of His majesty the Kings 84th Birthday it was open until midnight. This is a rare occasion. For more than 20 years the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew has never been opened for to a large scale public like this. You can probably imagine how beautiful it would be like in the evening. I’ve always wanted the to take photos of the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew at the evening time since it started At-Bangkok. I’ve sent letters to TAT and even the Bureau of the Royal Household to get special permission to get in. But it was not possible. So it was my opportunity to take.

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To get some evening photos of this beautiful architectural wonder. Of course there are obstacle to get these 360 virtual tours you are seeing. It started with a huge crowd waiting to get in when the door opens at 6 pm. The crowd was so dense it was difficult to walk. I had to walk and talk my way to a secretly opened door on the east entrance where I was the only guest . I had 20 minutes of my favorite historical site to my self. Please enjoy my virtual tours!

As the new year is approaching many celebrations are on it’s way. The cool weather that everyone is enjoying is rare and a welcome to Thai people and visitors. It makes this occasion more memorable. We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

About the Author:

Current: Editor of At-Bangkok.com, Managing Director at dp-Studio Co. Ltd. Past: Lecturer, Instructor at School of Architecture King Mongkut University of Technology, Architect at RNL Architect, Architect at Roth Sheppard Architects Education: School of Architecture Chulalongkorn University Bangkok Thailand (B.Arch) School of Architecture University of Arizona USA - School of Architecture University of Colorado, Denver USA (M. Arch)

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