I came across some old photos (2001) from Thailand and Malaysia that I digitized before the color fades too much. I was in Penang, Malaysia for a wedding, but extended the trip to include Bangkok and Phuket. This brought back some good memories of people from long ago. God how life has changed in 15 years!
The Grand Palace in Bangkok is a complex of buildings that has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) since 1782. The king, his court and his royal government were based on the grounds of the palace until 1925. Throughout the reign of many kings, new buildings and structures were added. Absolute monarchy in Thailand was abolished in 1932, after which all government agencies completely moved out of the palace. The Grand Palace is made up of many buildings, halls, pavilions, gardens and courtyards that evolved over 2 centuries.