Added by on July 13, 2015

The Grand Palace Thailand is a complex of buildings at the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. The palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam since 1782.

The Grand Palace is 218,400 sq. meters. One of the biggest attractions is the Chapel Royal of the Emerald Buddha where no photography is allowed.

I traveled their for PCIN.TV in January 2015. It was trip to my father’s homeland. I hadn’t been back since he passed about 12 years ago. Spending time among locals and with family was a real blessing and allowed me to pause and remember the special man my father was.

In Thailand there is beauty everywhere but some of the most captivating scenes were the way people engaged with the country’s beauty. Even in all the hustle in one of the most crowded cities, you could find moments of stillness.

At the weekend market, when the country’s National anthem is played at 6 p.m. and the people and country stand still. The respect for the song and the country was remarkable.

There’s a lesson there for all of us…an opportunity to pause…breathe…reflect…and give gratitude for exactly where we are at this moment.

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