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The Grand Palace

A former royal residence in Bangkok, The Grand Palace is one of the best tourist attractions in Thailand. Also called Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, the palace today is used for ceremonial occasions and remains an important pilgrimage site for devout Buddhists.

The most striking feature of Bangkok Palace Thailand is the intricate architecture, which draws the attention of travelers from around the world. Built in 1782, this Thailand Palace was used as the King's residence, his Royal Court, and the administrative seat of the government of the Thai King for 150 years.

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Overview of The Grand Palace

Location Phra Nakhon, Bangkok
Address Na Phra Lan Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Timings 8.30 am to 3.30 pm

Highlights

  • Admire the holy statue of emerald Buddha architecture in Wat Phra Kaew.
  • Witness the 45 cm emerald Buddha, among Thailand’s most loved Buddha objects.
  • Visit The Royal Pantheon, originally built as a chapel but was left empty after its construction.
  • Spot the mini Angkor Wat located right across from the Emerald Buddha temple.

The Grand Palace Entrance Tickets

Here’s what the Grand Palace entry fee include -

  • Cost of entry to The Grand Palace: 500 Baht (INR 1,180)

This cost gives access to Wat Phra Kaew, The Royal Thai Decorations & Coins Pavilion, and the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textile, all located inside the palace compound.

Note: The price is subject to change at the time of booking.

About The Grand Palace

Treat your eyes to the spectacular architecture and impressive buildings at The Grand Palace complex in Bangkok, Thailand. The compound includes Wat Phra Kaew, fondly called The Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It houses the tiny and revered Emerald Buddha, built in the 14th century.

Further, the robes of the Buddha are changed according to the seasons by HM, the King of Thailand, an important ritual as per the Buddhist calendar. 

As far as the residency goes, the palace of the King of Thailand was no longer used after the 20th century, but the complex still marks all kinds of ceremonial and auspicious occasions.

Inside Grand Palace Bangkok, you’ll see a simple layout similar to the palaces of Ayutthaya, the former capital of Siam that the Burmese raided. The Outer Court once housed the government departments where the King got directly involved in the army, the treasury, and the civil administration. The Emerald Buddha is located in this court.

Next is the Central Court, used as the residence of the King and the halls for conducting state business. For tourism purposes, only two throne halls are open but you can see the exquisite architecture on the facade of these buildings.

Lastly, the Inner Court is where the royal consorts and daughters of the King resided. The court was like a small city populated by women and boys under puberty. And even though no royal members lived in this court, it is closed to the public.

Besides the closeness of the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, the distinct features are the Thai Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the European-inspired Grand Palace. 

Before you visit the Thailand king palace, note that there is a strict dress code that visitors need to follow, meaning being well-covered. Long skirts, trousers, sleeved shirts, etc., are acceptable. Skinny trousers, miniskirts, sleeveless shirts, or see-through tops are strictly prohibited.

Interesting Facts about The Grand Palace

  • The construction of The Grand Palace started in the 18th century.
  • The layout of the temple is similar to the Royal Palace.
  • The Grand Palace has a chapel.
  • The Grand Palace was originally made of wood.
  • The inner court of the palace was like a small city.

FAQS About The Grand Palace

Q: How much does it cost to go to the Grand Palace?

Ans: The Grand Palace ticket costs 500 Baht (1,197 INR). However, the price is subject to change at the time of booking.

Q: What time should I visit the Grand Palace?

Ans: The Grand Palace opens at 8.30 am and closes at 3.30 pm. We suggest you reach as early as possible to avoid crowds and peacefully explore the stunning Grand Palace.

Q: How long is the Grand Palace tour?

Ans: The Grand Palace is about 1900 meters long and covers an area of 218,000 square meters.

Q: Which station is near The Grand Palace?

Ans: Sanam Chai Station is the nearest MRT train station to the Grand Palace. From Exit 1 on the Blue line, it will take you about 15 mins to reach the temple.

Q: Does the Grand Palace have a dress code?

Ans: Yes. The Grand Palace has a strict dress code. Men must wear long pants, and women must cover their legs or just above the knee. Avoid wearing tight fighting or revealing clothes.