No visit to the vibrant city of Bangkok would be complete without witnessing the spectacular and dazzling Grand Palace. Having served as Thai kings’ official residence from the beginning of the 18th century, the palace is the city’s most famed landmark. Whilst the palace has experienced various expansions over the years, over a time span of about 150 years, it also served as the home of the entire administrative seat of government. With a rectangular shape, the charming palace faces north and is mainly divided into three quarters: the inner quarters, the middle quarters and the outer quarters.
Continuing to leave visitors in awe, the palace is indeed a grand old dame with its intricate detail and beautiful architecture, reflecting the craftsmanship and creativity of the Thai people. Just as other structures in Ratanakosin Island, the palace complex has a resemblance to Ayutthaya’s palaces. Various government departments such as the treasury and the civil administration were housed at the outer court close to the entrance. In one corner of this outer court is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha while the King’s residence and the halls used for business meetings are located in the central court. Among the other highlights within the palace complex are the Hall of Justice, Amarinda Hall which was the residence of King Rama I and Boromabiman Hall.
Presently the palace’s imposing interior is used for holding significant ceremonies and occasions such as coronations. Visitors can also marvel at the Grand Palace Hall which is a spacious European style reception room. Another excellent architectural structure is the magnificent Dusit Hall. Additionally, within this section of the palace are numerous Buddha images, scale models and a special museum presenting information on the palace’s restoration.
Since, the palace together with the Temple of the Emerald Buddha are the most spiritual and sacred sites of the Thai Kingdom, visitors are expected to be dressed properly; especially women must be modestly dressed.
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