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The Grand Palace

The Grand Palace is one of the most significant sites of visit in Thailand. Located in the capital city of Bangkok, this place of tourist interest is a top draw. The palace previously served as the royal residence of Thai kings from the period of 18th century. The construction of this place of tourist interest dates back to 1782 and later witnessed massive renovation during the rule of King Rama IV in the 19th century. The place over the years witnessed continuous expansion and many new structures were added to the complex. A landmark attraction of the capital city Bangkok, this place of tourist interest is a must visit while on your Thailand trip.

This place of tourist interest apart from being the official residence of the king also served as a major seat of his administrative government. The palace, around 150 years ago, featured state departments, war ministry, and even a mint within the premises. The palace from the period of 20th century no longer served as the residence and administrative seat of kings of Thailand. This site of tourist interest features as the spiritual heart and seat of power of the Thai kingdom until date.

Attractions in Grand Place

The complex consisting of several structures also houses prominent places of tourist interest. The major highlights of Grand Palace are as follows -
  • Wat Phra Kaew - the temple containing the Emerald Buddha
  • Chakri Mahaprasad Hall - a building in a style influenced by the Italian renaissance
  • Dusit Phra – ranks high as one of the finest architectural building
  • Boromabiman Hall - constructed by King Rama VI, this one served as a residence to every king even for a small period.
  • Amarinda Hall - the original residence of King Rama I and the Hall of Justice
  • The Museum – that contains information on the renovation of the Grand Palace, scale models of the Wat and Palace and numerous Buddha images.

The complex of the palace features a general outline of the other Ayutthaya palaces. The outer court that serves as the entrance today was home to the government departments and the treasury. The temple of the Emerald Buddha is located at a corner of the complex near the outer court.

The middle of the palace complex previously served as the central court. This area was home to the residences of the kings and state business halls. You can have a frontal view of the central court; only two of the throne halls are open for the visitors and that too only on the weekdays.

The inner court is located behind the central court. This area was home to the king's royal consorts and daughters lived. This part of the palace is entirely closed for public visits.

It is to be kept in mind that a strict dress code must always be maintained while visiting the Grand Palace and the Wat Phra Kaew, the temple of the emerald Buddha. This temple is considered one of the most sacred sites of visits in Thailand. Men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves while on a visit to this place of tourist interest. Women must also maintain a similar kind of dress code and avoid wearing see through dresses, off-shoulder dresses, and tank tops. In case, you are wearing flip-flops and sandals, you must wear them with socks. A booth near the front gate entry of the palace offers clothes in case, you reach dressed improperly. Credit card or passport is kept fro the reasons of security.

Getting to Grand Palace

Reaching Grand Palace is easiest via a boat. You can take the Chaophraya Express Boat to the Chang Pier (Tha Chang) followed by a short walk to reach this popular Thailand attraction. You can even opt for a taxi from the heart of the city to rach the place. Bus transport is also available for reaching this particular place of tourism. Bus number 1, 35, 44,47, 123, 201 and air conditioned buses 2, 3, 7, 8, 12, 25, 39, 44, 82 passes through this place of tourist attraction.

Admission rates

Admission to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the Central Court of the Grand Palace is 200 Baht (11.73 USD). This rate of admission also includes a ticket to Vimanmek Mansion and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall that can be used within seven days of your trip to Grand Palace.

Opening Hours

The Grand Palace remains open throughout the year daily from 8:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m.

The palace is rarely used for state functions and the opening hours vary during that particular period. The grounds of the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha remain open daily when not being used for state functions. The audience halls within the palace remains closed on weekends. You can get to see the thrones only during the weekdays. The Royal Pantheon within the temple opens only once a year on the day of April 6. There are guided tours in English available in this Thailand attraction. You can even opt to rent an audio guide at the cost of 100 Baht.

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