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The Grand Palace

The Grand Palace for Thai is an important symbol of Bangkok which has area more than 240,000 square-metres that visitors both Thais and foreigners always visit and worship The Emerald Buddha, the most sacred Buddha image in Thailand, in The temple of the Emerald Buddha, which adjoins on common ground.

The Grand Palace was built on time of King Rama I the Great, the first king of Chakri Dynasty, in the same time of moving the capital from Thonburi to Bangkok. The new palace was constructed to resemble Ayutthaya palace, which is destroyed since then, leaving the prosperity behind.

A lot of Thai master craftsmen at that time left their great works to The Grand Palace, especially special beautiful art objects and architecture which hard to see at anywhere in the world.

The great beauties, that visitors can see and touch, came from Thai-Brahmin believing that Thai king was god as Narain who was born to help and ward off sorrows for people. Thus, The Grand Palace was a place for king as for god and people should built it as palace in heaven.

There are three areas on common ground of The Grand Palace ;
  • Outside
    This area is an area for The temple of the Emerald Buddha and beautiful buildings and including constructions, art objects and architecture. The great art object of the outside is painting of Ramayana story on the wall around the temple or stone giants in front of gates (we will serve detail about The temple of the Emerald Buddha for the next time).
  • Middle
    This is an area for kings to stayed and to came out for checking and managing the country with ministers. There are lots of beautiful art objects and buildings such as Dusit Hall, Borombiman Hall, Amarindra Hall and Chakri Maha Prasat.
  • Inside
    This is forbidden area for normal people because it used to be a living place for ladies and children (if boys became 10 years old, they must moved out).
Therefore, tourists who would like to visit The Grand Palace should wear polite dresses for respect in the place as the palace in heaven.

Vocabulary kum-sab
(คำศัพท์)

Reading
Grand Palace
pra-bor-rom-ma-har-rard-cha-wang
(พระบรมมหาราชวัง)
The temple of the Emerald Buddha
wad-pra-gaew (วัดพระแก้ว) or
wad-pra-sree-rad-ta-na-sard-sa-dar-rarm
(วัดพระศรีรัตนศาสดาราม)
Chakri Dynasty
rad-cha-wong jag-gree
(ราชวงศ์จักรี)
Worship
nab-theu
(นับถือ)
Temple
wad
(วัด)
Build
gor-srarng
(ก่อสร้าง)
Capital
moerng-lhuang
(เมืองหลวง)
Destroy
tum-lary
(ทำลาย)
Resemble
mhoern / klary-kleung
(เหมือน / คล้ายคลึง)
Thai master craftsmen
charng-phee-meu Thai
(ช่างฝีมือไทย)
Heaven
sa-whan
(สวรรค์)
God
pra-jao
(พระเจ้า)
Born
gerd
(เกิด)
Help
chuay-lhoer
(ช่วยเหลือ)
Sorrow
kwarm-tug
(ความทุกข์)
People
pra-cha-chon / pon-la-moerng
(ประชาชน / พลเมือง)
Wall
gum-paeng
(กำแพง)
Stone giant
roob-pan yag
(รูปปั้นยักษ์)
Managing
bor-ri-harn
(บริหาร)
Forbidden area
khead huang-harm
(เขตหวงห้าม)
Thu, 15 May, 2003


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