This huge metropolis is home to more than eight million people. It's a magical place where graceful dancers perform in shimmering silk gowns, temples with gold-leaf spires harbor graceful Buddhas, and riverboats cruise a bewildering maze of canals. The only nation in Southeast Asia to escape colonial rule, Bangkok is the nation's commercial, cultural, and spiritual heart.
This palace complex on the banks of the Chao Phraya River is the former residence of the royal Siamese court.
Motorized or man-powered, these two-passenger touring vehicles are a ubiquitous sight around the city, maneuvering through lines of traffic with tourists hanging on for a look at the city's attractions.
The Golden Buddha
The Temple of the Golden Buddha or Wat Trimitr is home to the famed statue of the Buddha carved in the Sukothai style from five-and-a-half tons of solid gold.
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