Notes on the Geography of Thailand: Bangkok: Photo 2
Rama I began the dismantling of the divine kingship of the past, which had so elevated the king that commoners could not even speak of him directly. This demystifying process waxed and waned until the bruising revolution of 1932, when the monarchy was temporarily displaced and eventually restored in a constitutional form. Still, the iconography of the Grand Palace reinforced even a human king's power, as did the grandeur of the many temples. A good example is Wat Po (or Pho). Adjoining the Grand Palace, it's not so very old, but it became Rama I's royal temple.
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