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Grand Royal Palace in Bangkok

The Grand Royal Palace

The Grand Palace (Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang) is a former royal residence in Bangkok, consecrated in 1782. Today it is used only on ceremonial occasions, but remains the city's most popular tourist attraction and a Buddhist pilgrimage site.

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Overview of The Grand Royal Palace

Wat Phra Kaeo, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand

The territory of the temple complex with an area of 94.5 hectares covers more than 100 buildings representing the bicentennial history and architecture of Thailand. Part of the temple complex is the famous Temple of the Emerald Buddha Wat Phra Kaew.

Chakri Maha Prasat Throne is a large throne room in the Grand Palace of Thailand in Bangkok, built in 1882 by architect John Clunish, the exterior is a peculiar combination of Italian Renaissance and traditional Thai architecture.

Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall – The Throne Room of the Grand Palace

The tallest of the mondop spires in Thai architecture, in the center, contains the ashes of the kings of the Chakri dynasty; the flank mondop houses the ashes of many Chakri princes who did not inherit the throne. The building to the west is the Dusit Maha Prasat Hall, designed in the Rattanakosin style, which served as a place for royal audiences, and then as a royal funeral hall.

In the eastern part of the palace complex is Borombhiman Hall, a French–style building that served as the residence of Rama VI. Today it can only be seen through the iron gates. Amarindra Winitchai Hall, located to the west, was originally the Hall of Justice, but is rarely used for coronation ceremonies today.

Tips for visiting the Grand Palace in Bangkok

Try to schedule a visit to the attraction in the early morning to avoid crowds of tourists and sweltering heat.

The Grand Palace is a Buddhist shrine, when visiting temples, a soft dress code should be observed: long–sleeved clothes, trousers and skirts below the knees, closed shoulders.

Do not pay attention to strangers at the entrance, who may claim that any attraction is closed and for an additional fee you will be able to get inside.

It is better to have drinking water with you: it gets hot outside during the day, and it may not be possible to purchase water on site.

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March 27, 2024

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