The Grand Palace, Bangkok
Categories: Castles, Tourist Spots
Explore the famous complex of ornate buildings at The Grand Palace, a gem in the country's architectural and political heritage. Established in 1782, the palace grounds have been added to over the centuries with eclectically designed buildings, halls, and pavilions. The official home of Thai monarchs until the abolishment of the absolute monarchy in 1932, the site remains open to visitors, with its well-maintained grounds and monumental architecture providing great photo ops and an immersive cultural experience. Work out when and for how long to visit The Grand Palace and other Bangkok attractions using our handy Bangkok vacation planner.
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If you're in Bangkok, you have to visit the Grand Palace. The grounds and temples were amazing to see.
The Grand Palace is... GRAND! Over the years, it has never lost its appeal, in fact, each visit, I seem to fall in love with the place all over again! The Grand Palace is in fact, a cluster of buildings and pavilions, set amidst numerous gardens and courtyards and is a sight to behold! The architecture is magnificent in its beauty and its intricacy, you’ll be in awe of the exquisite detail on the facades of all the structures within the grounds. This is where the famous Temple of the Emerald Buddha is. The Grand Palace is pretty strict on dress code, unlike some of the temples. No shorts and no sleeveless tops for both men and women. And I noticed that women with jeans, especially skinny jeans, were asked to wrap a long scarf or sarong over. If you cannot be bothered to cover yourself because of the heat, you can borrow the necessary long trousers, shirts or robes near the front entrance for a returnable deposit of 200 baht.
I must say that even though palace was beautiful, I felt it's been a bit over-hyped and didn't really my inflated expectations. As everyone would already know, you'd need full cloths to get in (pants, at least a T-shirt). The guards are also pretty helpful and do speak a decent amount of English. The sights are also pretty well maintained and clean. One of the problems I had was, there were no information displays around and basically no way to get to know what you are looking at unless you came with a tour. I would say it was an enjoyable experience and would definitely recommend to see it once, but with the amount I paid and what I'd heard, I was expecting a lot more.
Beautiful architecture from ancient Thailand. An absolute must see when visiting Thailand. Beware that there are separate entrances and exits for foreigners. As a foreign visitor, you will also have to pay a small entrance fee which is used to maintain the vast property. Keep in mind that this is a place of worship for Thai people and the separate entrances are designed to allow Thai's easier access to their kingdoms temple. Please remember to be respectful of the Thai culture when asked to use a separate entrance and exits.
The Grand Palace is closer to a modern structure than an ancient monument in terms if its historic significance and anitquity. Tourists are first led to the section of buildings that includes the Temple of Emerald Buddha. This is the most impressive section of the complex and naturally the most crowded too. The place is packed with legions of tour groups.
It's a must see thing in Bangkok, although like with any other historical place, is better to go with a guide. I regret not doing so, I could see it was beautiful, but you can't understand really how much it means without one. If you go early in the morning it's barely crowded and you can rent the clothes there for free, just a 200b deposit that you get back when you exit. The later you go, the more cues you will have to make to access to the palace.
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