The ancient building decorated in gold certainly stands out in the city of Bangkok! The magnificent structure was built back in the 18th century under the rule of King Rama I. The Grand Palace has been home to many kings for 150 years since!
Back in time
In 1782 the King of Thailand decided to make a change to the country’s capital. The capital at the time was Thonburi in Rattanakosin island. Thus, began the construction of the splendid structure that stands tall even today. The Palace is surrounded by a wall that is 1900 meters in length, the palace used to shelter the Royal Family as well as any nobles who were involved in running the country.
The Emerald Buddha
Inside the complex of The Grand Palace is a glorious Buddhist temple known as Wat Phra Kaew or the ‘Temple of the Emerald Buddha’. Held inside this temple is an exquisite emerald statue of Buddha that is momentously adored by the Buddhist devotees in Thailand. The temple is the centre of this kingdom. The robes on the Buddha are changed by the King according to the seasons every year.
The Grand Halls of the Grand Palace
Dusit Hall was originally created to host functions such as the lying-in-state ceremony for Kings, Queens, and members of the Royal Family. The hall is unparalleled in architecture and acts as a museum that holds numerous objects related to the palace as well as several Buddha images. The Borom Phiman Mansion was built recently in the 20th century by King Rama V. The European style exceptional reception hall known as the Chakri Maha Prasat (Borom Phiman Mansion) is now used in occasions like coronations.
Things to keep in mind
The Grand Palace in which the Wat Phra Kaew is erected is thought to be a holy place by the locals. Consequently, it is imperative that you dress suitably. Wearing clothes that do not cover the body entirely and wearing shoes inside is not allowed. A booth at the entrance will offer clothing if needed. If you are staying in perhaps any 4-star hotels in Bangkok, let’s presume it is Adelphi Suites, do step in to admire the baroque beauty of the palace.
Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life. Google+