Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang—the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand—is a complex of buildings that was the official residence of the Kings of Siam/Thailand from 1782 to 1925. The many temples and palaces within the complex are all decorated in the most intricate and dazzling array of gold leaf, glass mosaics, and porcelain tiles. We hired a guide for our tour, but there were so many buildings, my poor brain didn't retain any of the explanations. So I hope you will be content with this small glimpse of the magnificent Grand Palace.
Yes, it's real gold, and it covers the entire building.
A scale model of Cambodia's Angkor Wat.
Figurines and sculptures of Buddha can be found everywhere in the complex.
As can Hindu gods and guardians.
The marriage of East and West in this palace is gorgeous.
Though the royal family no longer lives at Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang, the temples and palaces in the complex are still used for official and religious ceremonies, so there are days when it is closed to the public and to tourists.