The Bangkok Grand Palace is a significant landmark of Thailand. It is impossible to leave the capital without seeing the palace. The construction works of the whole palace complex with a total area of 218 sq. meters were finished by the end of the 18th century. The project of the building is a prototype of the ancient capital of Ayutthaya. The royal family does not reside in the palace but comes here for official ceremonies. The royal library and galleries, a throne room, the temples, and pagodas make the whole complex of the Grand Palace that is not far from Khao San Road.
A Tour of the Palace Complex in Bangkok
There are two famous temples near the Grand Palace. For a full familiarization with the main sights of the capital of Thailand, it is advisable to devote a day. We recommend you to make your excursion in the following way: first go to the Grand Palace early in the morning, then visit the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, after have a walk in the Chinatown, and finish the day in Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn.
The Emerald Statue
What is this sacred place for Thais and tourists? In 1785, the Palace and other buildings were made of wood, and the walls with a total length of 1900 meters surrounded the complex. Later the wooden constructions were replaced by the stone erections. A part of the territory is closed to tourists – a residency of the king and the offices. A true pearl of the Grand Palace complex is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha where a unique statue is kept. The temple was erected at the order of King Rama I. There is a statue of Buddha made of pure emerald with a height of 66 cm. It is still unknown who made the statue and when but it was found in 1431 inside an earthenware statue in Chiang Rai.
Another famous statue of Golden Buddha is situated in the Temple of Wat Traimit. Before entering any of the temples, you should take off your shoes – it is an obligatory rule that everyone should follow.
Information for tourists
Address: Na Phra Lan Rd, Maharaj Pier | next to Wat Phra Kaeo Temple Complex, Bangkok, Thailand
Opening hours: every day from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Ticket price: 500 THB (15 USD).
The ticket price includes a paper guide of the complex with a detailed description.
You can buy an audio guide for 200 THB (6 USD) or order a guided tour at the agreed price.
Only the tourists that are dressed properly (well-covered not skinny clothing and closed shoes) are allowed to come in the complex.
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