The Grand Palace, Bangkok


The Grand Palace in Bangkok is an iconic landmark and a must-visit destination for anyone touring Thailand. This complex of beautiful buildings has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam, and later Thailand, since 1782. However, since King Rama VI, the monarchs have chosen to live elsewhere, and the Grand Palace is now mainly used for ceremonial purposes.

Located on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River, the Grand Palace covers an area of 218,400 square meters and is surrounded by walls built in 1782. Its dazzling structures combine both Thai and European architectural styles, demonstrating the country’s cultural evolution.

The palace complex is divided into two main zones: the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the royal residence. The royal residence itself is divided into three areas: the Outer Court, the Middle Court, and the Inner Court. The Outer Court housed government offices, while the Middle Court was home to the most important residential and state buildings. The Inner Court was reserved exclusively for the king, his queen and his consorts.

One of the highlights of the Grand Palace is the Wat Phra Kaew, or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which houses a sacred Buddha image meticulously carved from a single block of jade. This is one of Thailand’s most revered Buddhist temples and a major pilgrimage site.

Other notable structures within the palace grounds include the Chakri Maha Prasat Hall, a grand building designed by British architect John Clunich, which combines Italian Renaissance and Traditional Thai architecture, and the Dusit Hall, which is regarded as the finest architectural building in the palace.

The palace walls are also a sight to behold, adorned with murals depicting the Thai version of the Ramayana epic, known as the Ramakien. These elaborate paintings stretch over a distance of nearly 2 kilometers and are a testament to the artistic tradition of Thailand.

Today, while the Grand Palace is still a working palace with several royal offices, it is one of Thailand’s most popular tourist destinations. Its grandeur and historical significance make it a symbol of the Thai nation and a testament to the craftsmanship and creativity of the Thai people. Visitors are advised to dress respectfully when visiting this sacred site.

The temple is open daily from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, and the entrance fee is 500 baht. Dress code is strict and visitors must be appropriately dressed or face having to buy or rent appropriate attire.

The best way to reach the temple is by taxi or tuk-tuk, or by boat with the Chao Phraya River Express and disembark at Tha Chang pier. Guided tours are also available for visitors who want to learn more about the temple’s history and culture.

Tourist scams are common around the area of the Grand Palace so be wary of anyone approaching you to tell you that the palace and temple is closed, offering you a tuk-tuk ride to nearby attractions. Go to the official entrance and check for yourself.

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Na Phra Lan Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200

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