Several historic buildings were pointed out to us including the Coronation Hall. Funeral Hall, the Royal Guesthouse, and the house where Anna Leonowens lived whilst teaching the many offspring of the King of Siam. (Didn't you just love Yul Brynner in that movie role - think I must watch it again soon!).
I found these huge statues very interesting, especially loved the details on the shoes.
Speaking of details, not only on shoes, every surface was covered in amazing artwork......
..............porcelain, broken china, paint, tiles, metal, stone, and of course many surfaces covered in gold leaf.
The main chapel houses the most revered religious icon in Thailand, the Emerald Buddha - actually made of jade - and it is cloaked, by the King, in seasonal costumes of woven gold and precious stones.
A peek through the crowds toward the Emerald Buddha cloaked in gold............
.............with my 'gift' of beautiful pink lotus blossoms I folded earlier in the morning. (Paula there snapping away!).
This was the most awesome place....it was difficult to tear oneself away from so much beauty and artistry, and the feeling was one of great peace despite so much color........I would love to return some day and spend more time here.