Located at the heart of the Bangkok city amidst high rise buildings and skyscrapers and on the banks of the fabled Chao Phraya River, the Grand Palace of Bangkok welcomes you with a majestic outlook. The 136-year-old building boasts an elegant architecture and it is one of the most iconic palaces in Thailand.
The palace was constructed to serve as the royal residence for King Phutthayotfa Chulalok (Rama I). The construction of the royal palace began on 6 May of 1782. Falling short on funds the building was initially built entirely on wood and later the wooden structures were replaced with heavier materials such as bricks and other heavy materials. During the time the palace was renovated the king added several forts, gates, throne halls and royal residences within the premise of the royal palace.
The Architectural Design
The Grand Palace’s distinctive architectural style is a mix of both Thai and Chinese influences and it is built to reflect the grandeur of the royal lineage of King Rama the first. The Palace complex has been divided into 4 sections and each of them are connected by ornately decorated corridors and pathways. The roofs and facades of the buildings are also decorated with traditional engravings and are painted in gold.
The Temple of Emerald Buddha
The Temple of Emerald Buddha is the largest temple located within the premise of the royal palace. The spectacle of the temple is the statue of Lord Buddha which is placed at the heart of the temple. This statue is made from a semi-precious green stone and it is clothed in gold. The temple is surrounded on all sides by a series of walled arches and with seven different gates.
Being a popular tourist attraction in the city the palace is easily accessible by a taxi from almost any part of the city of Bankok. Visiting here will be even easier if you are stationed in one of the serviced apartments in Bangkok the likes of Anantara Baan Rajprason Bangkok Serviced Suites which is located just a few blocks away from the palace.
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