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Grand Palace

This opulent setting was once the home of the King of Siam. Today, it is a place of worship for locals, and a striking part of Bangkok’s architectural heritage.

The Grand Palace is Bangkok’s most famous landmark. The palace’s gilded roofs are a beautiful sight to behold for all visitors to this infamous site, and there are many more opportunities to create unforgettable photographs outside the building. The Grand Palace is host to over two centuries of regal history, and also houses the scared Emerald Buddha, at whose altar local residents come to worship. There are also some beautiful, ornate and lavishly decorated temples, statues and pagodas.

It was under King Rama I that the Grand Palace was originally built, way back in 1782. The Grand Palace today still bears the remnants of the existence of this historic royal figure, with his ancient throne present for visitors to inspect in Amarind Hall, the building that was once his residence as well as being used as Bangkok’s Hall of Justice. The Grand Palace is still used today by Thailand’s existing monarch for various ceremonies. The modern Grand Palace fuses together ornaments and architecture from Thai, Asian and European styles that have been acquired over the years by various monarchs. This creates a strong and contemporary impression.

Another popular haunt for visitors to the Grand Palace is the Gallic-styled Boromabiman Hall, and the golden, bell-shaped structure from the nineteenth century, named Phra Si Ratana. At the audience hall at Dusit Maha Prasat, you can view an ancient throne inlaid with mother-of-pearl, and drop in for a visit to the adjacent Chakri Maha Prasat, a building that combines neo-classical architecture with uniquely Thai spires.

If you’re in the area on weekdays, then a trip to the weapons museum at the Grand Palace site makes for an interesting visit. You can also observe the outside of the Inner Palace, which was once the King’s harem. Today, it’s not open to the public, but can be viewed and photographed from the outside.

Finally, no trip to the Grand Palace would be complete without a visit to Wat Phra Kaew; considered by Buddhists to be the most sacred place at palace. This is where the Emerald Buddha sits atop a traditional Thai-style golden pedestal.

The Grand Palace is located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Travelling by ferry is recommended, as you can take a scenic trip via the Tha Chang pier. Cover your arms, legs and feet before stepping inside. The palace closes in the mid-afternoon, so bear this in mind before planning a visit.


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