Grand Palace

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Timings : Grand Palace: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
The Chapel of The Emerald Buddha: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Entry Fee : THB 500 for foreigners (inclusive of access to Wat Phra Kaew and Queen Sirikit Museum of Textile located inside the Grand Palace)
Children under 120 cm are free.
Free Entry for Thais
Audio guide: THB 200 (two hours)
Tickets can be bought at the entrance gate or online. Purchase online tickets at least 24 hours before collection

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Grand Palace, Bangkok Overview

The Grand Palace in Bangkok was once the official residence of the King of Thailand. Often mistaken for a single structure, it is a group of numerous buildings, halls, pavilion sets, grounds, lawns, and courtyards. It also houses one of the holiest Buddhist temples, Wat Phra Kaew, or Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textile.

While the official ceremonial residence of the monarch of Thailand, the Palace is also used for many official ceremonies and state functions, amplifying its allure. With over 100 buildings in its complex, the Grand Palace is home to some of Thailand’s finest structures. Some of the biggest attractions within the Grand Palace are the Temple of Emerald Buddha, Phra Maha Monthian; the royal ceremony hall, the museum, the Pavilion of Regalia, The Miniature Model of Mount Kailasa and Chakri Maha Prasat; the throne hall. Along with a public museum amidst displayed historic structures of the nation, this attraction showcases the evolution of Thailand's rich culture and heritage dating back to the 18th century.

Must Know Before You Visit Grand Palace

Must Know : Translation Machine: Rental personal audio guides are available for TBH 200 in English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin, and Thai
Dress Code: Wear full clothes covering shoulders and knees. Sleeveless shirts, vests, short tops, see-through tops, hot pants, short pants, torn pants, tight pants, and bike or mini skirts are prohibited.
No Drone Zone: The Grand Palace complex is a no-drone area
Wheelchairs: Available for free from the cloakrooms just inside the Exhibition Road entrance

Grand Palace Highlights

1. Wat Phra Kaew

Wat Phra Kaew
The temple of the Emerald Buddha, commonly known as Wat Phra Kaew, is the most essential and revered Buddhist temple in Thailand.  It houses the world-famous Emerald Buddha, a dark green statue c (Read More)arved out of single jade stone that stands 26 inches in height. Established in 1785, the temple has elaborate carvings, paintings, and pagodas, making it a spectacular sight for visitors. Other than the Thai king and the crown prince, no other person is allowed to touch the statue. The robe of the Emerald Buddha is changed by the king three times each year, depicting an essential Thai ritual.

2. Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles

Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles
The Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, named after Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and celebration of textiles and the rich textile heritage of Thailand. Th (Read More)e museum features a diverse collection of textiles, ranging from traditional Thai garments and fabrics to contemporary textile art. It is an informative and visually stimulating experience. The exhibitions often include interactive displays and multimedia presentations. The museum also has a shop where visitors can purchase textiles, clothing, and souvenirs. There is often a cafe on-site where you can relax and enjoy refreshments.

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Grand Palace History

The construction of the Grand Palace first started in the year 1782 at the direction of the King Phutthayotfa Chulalok also known as Rama I. Due to lack of funds and material the palace was initially made of wood, which was eventually replaced with masonry when the king took permanent residence. Upon completion of the construction, the King held the coronation ceremony here and went on to become the first ruler of the new Rattanakosin Kingdom.

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Soon after, the structures of the Grand Palace were rebuilt with new material, with the addition of the royal chapel, the current home of the Emerald Buddha. Between 1782 and 1932 the Grand Palace was the country’s religious as well as the administrative centre and was an abode to a large population of government servants, princesses, guards, and ministers. The Grand Palace somewhat shares some resemblance in terms of location, organisation, divisions, walls, and gates to that of the Royal Palace at Ayutthaya, the ancient capital city of Thailand. Interestingly, both the palaces lie near the rivers.

Architectural Style and Structures

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The Grand Palace is an architectural beauty reflecting the grand history and culture of Thailand, resting peacefully at the banks of the Chao Phraya River.

Brief Guide Through the Palace
As you enter the Palace through the main entrance, on your left will appear a vast conglomerate of perfectly aligned buildings adorned with crimson sloping roofs and golden spires. The large bell-shaped stupa with a tall pointed spire represents the Buddha and his path to enlightenment.

Zones of the Palace
The Grand Palace consists of 4 major zones: the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Outer Court, the Inner Court and the Middle Court.

Thung Phra Men
There’s a large field, Thung Phra Men at the north of the Palace which was used as an open space for royal ceremonies and as a parade ground.

A City Within A City
The high, whitewashed walls, massive forts and guard posts of the palace bear significant similarity to the walls of Bangkok, thus granting it the name ‘a city within a city’.

Chakri Maha Prasat
Another prominent building within the Grand Palace and also one of the largest is the Chakri Maha Prasat meaning the throne hall which seats the throne of the king. The Throne Hall was established in the reign of King Chulalongkorn (King Rama V).

A Thai - Western Blend
The throne was designed with an eccentric blend of Thai and western culture, which also depicted the change in Thai society and the influence of the west. The western design illustrated modernisation of the Thai community, whereas the traditional Thai design displayed the power of the Thai king, the Thai belief, and the rich Thai culture. The exterior of the Chakri Maha Prasat is a blend of Thai and Italian renaissance indicating the deeply rooted trades in the olden days. The Grand Palace is an architectural wonder which will astonish anyone with its beauty.

How To Reach Grand Palace

The simplest way to reach the Grand Palace is by using the subway system in Bangkok known as BTS and the express boat. Take a ticket for Saphan Taksin Station (S6 Station) and use the exit no.2 to enter the dock for Chao Phraya Express Boat. There are also some other boats like the long tail boat, shuttle boats, canal boat taxis or local boats available too. You can also hire a cab or a tuk-tuk to reach the Saphan Taksin Station. However, the chances of getting stuck in Bangkok traffic is quite high.

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