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Thailand Culture

Once a destination purely for the more intrepid traveller, modern Thailand is a fascinating blend of tradition and contemporary living. Travel to Thailand and you will find the quixotic and exotic at every turn.

Buddhism here is a way of life, combined with a deep respect for the country’s monarchy – a dynasty that has maintained the Independence of the country for centuries.

Every town and city is alive with street markets crammed with all manner of goods and bartering is the norm. Just as usual is the sight in the early mornings of saffron-robed monks leaving the sanctuary of their wats to receive alms from the people, whether in a village or a crowded city street. This juxtaposition of the ancient, the spiritual, the commercial and the modern is part of Thailand’s unique appeal to the overseas visitor.

Nowhere more is this evident than at the Royal Grand Palace complex in the capital, Bangkok. Opened in 1785 to signify the end of the Burmese invasion of Thailand, the palace is, in fact, an array of buildings, including Wat Mahatat (palace temple) and the Wat Phra Keow (royal chapel) which houses the famous Emerald Buddha sculpted from a single piece of jade, and one of the most revered objects in the Kingdom.

In a city noted for its congestion, chaos and carnality, the Royal Grand Palace is a haven of tranquillity demanding the visitor’s respect and awareness of its significance to the Thai people.
 

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