Bang Pa-in Palace, Ayutthaya, Thailand
I do like me some tower. Too many times when sites succumb to the demands and contraints of the purple-hairs (that’s whippersnapper talk for “old ladies”), the tower at any castle or palace is the first thing to get shut down. People might fall. The tower might lean. Imminent death, or — even worse — a lawsuit ensues. So when I discover a tower that’s free and clear, and even better — unguarded, I head straight for the top.
This is the view from the tower at Bang Pa-in Palace in Ayutthaya…
This building is called Phra Thinang Wehart Chamrun, which means “Royal Residence of Heavenly Light.”
Here’s another view, in case you’ve got the vision of a purple-hair…
This is the tower, impressive in it’s own right. It’s called Ho Withun Thasana, or Sages Lookout.
For the record, there was nary a purple-hair in sight.
But there was this sign at the entrance to the Palace. Note the bullet point second from the bottom…
See what I mean about the purple-hairs?