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  Naval Dockyard in the past (scale model)

 

Thailand

 

 

A scale model of the Naval Dockyard in Thonburi in its early days. In the bottom left is Wat Rakhang (fig.) and accros the Chao Phraya River is the Grand Palace (fig.).

 

  Naval Dockyard in the past (scale model)

 

To the right and enlarged in the bottom picture is the initial palace of King Rama I, where he lived prior to the construction of Phra Rachawang (fig.) and which later became a part of the Rear Palace. In the top left is the original dry-dock and in the bottom right corner is the Wat Wongsamoon Wihaan (fig.), to where the dry-dock currently extends (fig.). Uniquely, the temple's principal Buddha image is placed facing, rather than facing the main entrance in the east. This was allegedly done in order to rectify any bad omen of building the palace to the east of the temple, which would have blocked the Buddha image's view.