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The Grand Palace, Bangkok

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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. To visit The Grand Palace and get the most from your holiday in Bangkok, create itinerary details personal to you using our Bangkok road trip app.
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  • Now is a great time to visit, normally very busy with tourists. I highly recommend to go and see it now while not too busy.  more »
  • If you want to see what a great glorious past Thailand holds! thats the place to visit. Lots of gold gold gold.  more »
  • The most famous and gorgeous temple in Thailand. The Emerald Buddha is considered the most sacred statue in Thailand. In 1782, King Rama I succeeded to the throne and decided to move the capital...  more »
  • A gorgeous must see in Bangkok. Spent about half a day here. When I went, Jan 2020, your admission ticket gets you access to the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha. There was a free tour in English you can sign up for which was perfect, as an American solo traveler. Lots of cool history and culture. Amazing photo ops and TONS of people!
  • The Grand Palace lives up to its name. A beautiful, sweeping, golden array of buildings and temples. Inside the centre of the palace is the main attraction, (there are no photos or videos to be taken). Monks, will be praying and only the Thais are allowed at the front of the monuments. Price is 500 baht per person. (25/01/2020) There are many beautiful photo spots and opportunities, as well as guided tours with multiple language options. If you get the chance you may also see some military action and marches when walking around the grounds. Make sure you are definitely covered with long trousers and shoulders covered too. They are strict and will not let you in otherwise. There are the usual people selling the elephant pants outside for 200 baht... (haggle down to 100). Before you leave the main square, definitely walk past the lovely artwork and tapestry to end your journey.
  • Entry is for 500 Baht for us foreigners, free for Thai. Is well maintained, yes see the entry ticket price above, it include Emerald Buddha ticket, they are in same compound. 1 of the big revenue generating ways for the Grand Palace. It has quite some history, hire a physical guide or use e-guide through your phone. An icon landmark, has achieved a must visit place stature while in Bangkok. Some of the art work is worth noting. Do go by the building with design like Buckingham Palace but roof that of Thai style
  • As one of the most popular and must-see tourist attraction in Thailand, expect your visit to the Grand Palace to be jam-packed with fellow tourists. So don't forget to bring your patience, a water bottle, an umbrella (especially if you're gonna visit at noon), and of course, your pants! You won't be allowed to enter if you're wearing shorts and sleeveless shirts. Fortunately, there's a lot of clothing rental shops just outside the place. The entrance to the Grand Palace's whole establishment/grounds is actually free. However, if you want to go inside and see what the Palace has to offer, prepare to fork out 500 baht. As for me and my family, just seeing the actual architecture of the buildings is enough as it perfectly showed the Thai culture and grandeur. Enjoy the magnificent sights and take pictures! Be very patient though as there are also a lot of other people taking their own photographs.
  • Although there are a lot of tourists, this is definitely a place to visit. Beautiful architecture. Be sure to dress appropriately (no tank tops and wear pants that cover your ankles) or they will make you purchase clothing before you go in. Make sure your phone or camera is fully charged because you will end up taking hundreds of pictures. These were the pictures I could get before my phone died. I ended up taking 30-40 additional pictures on my moms phone.

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