Planning to explore Bangkok? Then do make sure to schedule a visit to the Grand Palace, and several other sacred and impressive sites located within the royal premises.
Constructed in 1782, the Grand Palace has been the royal home of the Thai monarchs for over 150 years. It was also the location of the royal court and the administrative seat of government. It once housed state departments, the mint and the Thai war ministry. Today it stands, proud as a testament to the inherent craftsmanship and creativity of the Thai people.
Things to See
Considered to be the spiritual heart of Thailand, the complex houses several grand buildings such as the Amarinda and Boromabiman halls which are used for ceremonial occasions. The Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, one of Thailand’s most revered sites too is located here as well.
How to Get There
The site is open to the public from 08.30 to 15.30 every day. Located on the Na Phra Lan Road, Old City, it can be accessed by many Sukhumvit hotels in Bangkok including the likes of Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel quite easily.
A strict dress code is to be adhered to when visiting the compound. It is a must for both men and women to dress covering one’s legs and shoulders. A booth is located by the entrance where you can rent appropriate clothes to cover up as required if unprepared.
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