The first 'touristy' thing I did in Bangkok was the Grand Palace...the largest. I knew they didn't allow visitors to wear shorts/dresses but I didn't remember so I had to go back to my hotel and change. Big mistake to go to the biggest tourist attraction on New Year's Day. It was three miles to my hotel. My return trip, after an hour of sitting in gridlock, I got out and walked. Now, I'm clueless about the symbolism so any queries will be met with a simple "Duh!". Just enjoy the photos!