The same day we checked out Wat Pho, we also went to see the King’s Palace. It was gorgeous, one of the coolest things we saw there was the temple of the Emerald Buddha, the outside of it was amazing, completely covered in intricate mosaic tile work. The inside was probably the most beautiful temple we’ve seen so far, but unfortunately, some of the temples don’t allow photography inside, which makes sense, as there were a lot of people praying inside.
Outside the temple of the Emerald Buddha was a small scale replica of Angkor Wat, which made me even more excited for Cambodia than I already was.
The palace itself was pretty neat, they had a “weapons room” that you could go inside to see all of the different weapons that the Thai army has used over the years, some of them were pretty vicious looking.
The bad thing about the palace was that women had to wear long pants, and a long sleeve shirt. I had a pair of light harem pants, so that wasn’t really the issue, but my top didn’t have long sleeves so I had to put on my sweater. It was so hot and humid out (just check out my hair in some of these pictures, it’s got a life of its own) that by the time we made it through most of the palace complex, I was feeling very faint and I thought I might pass out.
By the time we got close to the exit I was actually sprinting to get out, I’m sure the guards thought I had stolen the crown jewels or something. I stripped down right outside the gate (I had shorts on underneath) but the guards looked a little freaked out for a second.
I’ve never been so glad to take my pants off.
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