Asia: Thailand

Grand Palace



The Upper Terrace

 


On this are four main monuments:

Reliquary in the shape of golden chedi;
Repository of the Canon of Buddhism, with its mother-of-pearl cabinet that display the palm leaf scriptures at various times of the year;
Model of Angkor Wat crafted by Royal Command of King Mongkut (Rama IV);
Royal Pantheon, where statues of past sovereigns of ruling dynasty are enshrined.

Scattered around these monuments on the terrace are fanciful animals in mythology, evolved out of the imagination of artists, valued for their aesthetic inspiration.

Models of elephants record those of the "white" variety in respective reigns in the past.


 

 

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