Built as a palace in 1783 by King Rama I, it is one of Bangkok’s most exotic complexes and consists of several gilded structures. It is no longer used as a royal residence but houses the government departments in which the King is directly involved, such as civil administration, including the army, and the treasury. Although the entry fee is considerably higher than most at 350 baht, the grounds are gorgeous and provide an unforgettable glimpse at Thai history and architecture.
Adjacent to the palace is Wat Phra Kaew, which translates to “The Temple of the Emerald Buddha”, is where it houses a 66-cm high statue of Buddha, carved out in green jade. It is mainly the architectural magnificence of the temple that attracts tourists. Buddha’s costume is changed thrice a year and is an important ritual that can be performed by the King only.
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Open to the public every day (except during special Royal Ceremonies), from 8.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.
To get to The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, ask any taxi driver or alternatively you can get an express boat from the pier at Saphan Thaksin (by BTS station of the same name) and alight at Tha Chang, from where you can walk to the main road and then you’ll see the temple grounds in front of you.
Care must be taken to dress appropriately as the temples play an important part in Buddhist traditions and people are likely to be visiting to pray. Monks also live in the temple complex. Shorts, sleeveless shirts and shoes without the toes being covered and heels are not permitted. When entering the sanctuary, shoes must be removed and left at the door.
Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace together are probably the number one tourist attraction in Bangkok, and hence probably in all of Thailand. If there is one must-see sight that no visit to Bangkok would be complete without, it's the glittering, spectacular Grand Palace, undoubtedly the city's most famous landmark.