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Royal Palace Bangkok

Attractions, Bangkok
Wat Phra Kaew Neighboring The Royal Palace
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The Royal Palace -- or Grand Palace -- in Bangkok is one of the most famous tourist destinations of Thailand. Wat Phra Kaeow, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is just next door.

Construction of the Royal Palace began in 1782 and was completed in time for the coronation of Rama I. The present King of Thailand, King Rama IX, however does not currently reside there but at the Chitralada Palace.

The plan of the Grand Palace followed closely that of the old palace in Ayutthaya. The Palace is rectangular shaped, with the western side next to a river and the royal temple situated to the east side.

Last Updated: 05 Sep 2011