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Grand Palace Bangkok

Bangkok Attractions | The Bangkok Grand Palace

Grand Palace Bangkok houses most of the Royal family's ancient symbols of power and is the true centre of Thai heritage. The most venerated symbol of Thai Buddhism the Emerald Buddha is also here in the famous Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha). This large (218,400 square metres) walled site is one of Bangkok's marvels and high up on the 10 ten things to visit in Thailand.

Grand Palace Bangkok works as a cornerstone of the Thai Monarchy, is a key centre for Thai Buddhism, is a museum and still holds some key royal offices.

King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (Rama I), was the founder of the present Royal Chakri Dynasty (Rama I to IX). He moved the capital city from Thonburi which is the west side of the Chao Praya River the east or Bangkok. Successive kings constructed many new buildings, temples and halls. The initial wooden buildings were slowly replaced with brick. Many changes were made by one of Thailand's most famous kings, King Chulalongkorn (Rama V). In 1925 the king left the Grand Palace. In 1932 the abolition of absolute monarchy heralded the end of an era when many aspects of government completely moved out of the palace.

Grand Palace Bangkok Thailand

The King, his court and his Royal government were housed in this extensive walled compound from 1782 until 1925. The Royal family's official residence is the Chitralada Palace but royalty still uses the Grand Palace for official duties, not least the coronation. King Bhumibol Adulyadej became King on 5 May 1950 inside the Phaisan Thaksin Hall on the Phatharabit Throne and fully attired in the coronation uniform of his forebears. Some selected state events still use the Grand Palace.

Grand Palace Bangkok Emerald Buddha

Grand Palace Bangkok is home to the most important Buddhist temples, the Wat Phra Kaeo, which is known by the name Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The Emerald Buddha is a dark green statue that only the King is allowed to touch. The 26 cm high Indian sculpture is of Buddha and it dates from 500 years after Buddha attained nirvana. King's throughout history have used it to give sanctity to their own reign. It has appeared in the records of Cambodia and Laos but finally has come to rest in Thailand. The Emerald Buddha is the protector of the country as, as Nagasena the old Buddhist sage once wrote,'prosperity and pre-eminence to each country in which it resides'.

Grand Palace Bangkok hours

Grand Palace Bangkok Open every day from 8.30 a.m. to 16.30 p.m. Tickets sold until 15.30 p.m. Tel Phone: 02-623-5500 Ext. 1124, 3100. Ticket costs 400 Baht each. This is a 3 part ticket.

  • The yellow brown part is for the Grand Palace grounds.
  • The white part is for the Vimanmek Mansion Museum which is not at the Grand Palace itself. It is at Suan Phuttan Garden on Ratchawithi Road in the Dusit District of Bangkok. You can take number 72 bus to get there. This ticket is valid for 7 days.
  • The final pink part of the ticket is for The Royal Thai Decoration and Coin Pavilion
  • Grand Palace Bangkok dress code

    A common question is what to wear at the Grand Palace Bangkok. The sign at the entrance to the Grand Palace shows what is considered unacceptable dress code; sleeveless shirt, vest, short top, see through, shorts, torn pants trousers, tight pants trousers, culottes, miniskirts. What to wear can be summarised by covering arms and legs and covering the midriff.

    Hotel Grand Palace Bangkok

    A hotel near the Grand Palace Bangkok makes a smart location if you want to get down to see the historical locations of the old city. Down on the Chao Praya River there are some beautiful luxury hotels that get you to the Grand Palace within minutes. If you make use of the river taxi service you can be at the Tha Chang Pier just 100 meters from the palace in no time. See these famous luxury hotels; The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Bangkok, Peninsula Bangkok and budget hotels; The Royal River Hotel, Buddy Lodge Khao San

    Map Grand Palace Bangkok

    The Google map of the Grand Palace Bangkok shows it's location close to the Chao Praya River and near the Cha Chang ferry pier. The entrance is to the east so you have to walk from the pier for 5-10 minutes to get to the entrance.

    Last Updated: 22 Feb 2012