Major Architectural Symbol of The Thai Royal Family
The Grand Palace is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand. It is a complex of buildings at the heart of Bangkok and situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Construction of this palace began in 1782 at the order of King Rama I. Rama I was also the founder of the Chakri Dynasty when he gave the name from Thonburi to Bangkok as the Nation’s capital city. This Palace has been the major architectural symbol of the Royal Thai Family and the official residence of the Kings of Siam since 1782. It was a former residence for King Rama I to King Rama V of the Rattanakosin Kingdom. They had built many new buildings and structures throughout their reign, especially during the reign of King Rama V.
A purpose was to built palace serve not only as his residence but also as the site of administrative offices.
The Grand Palace
This is a grand old Palace indeed that continues to have visitors in wonder with its beautiful architecture. It is really praiseworthy to the creativity and craftsmanship of the Thai architects.
The Palace is divided into several quarters – The renowned Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) which is a tiny seated Gautama Buddha figure and famous. The highly revered Buddha figure carved from a single piece of jade. The outer court which is at the entrance. They use to work here related to civil administration, the army and the treasury under the King direct involvement. Middle court where the residence of the King and halls used for conducting state business. There are only Two halls open for public. Inner court and the gardens quarter where the King’s royal consorts and daughters lived. It was like a small city with the population of women and boys under the age of puberty. No one resides here and completely close off to the Public.
You will see there more European inspired design on the roof of the Grand Palace. There are also other main highlights Boromabiman Hall and Amarinda Hall which was original residence of King Rama I and the Hall of Justice.
Today, the place uses for official events, welcoming the king’s guests, State guests, and other foreign dignitaries. Some royal ceremonies and state functions also hold every year. So, that time it remains close for tourists. This ornate Royal Grand Palace is currently open to visitors as a museum and house of Jade (Emerald Buddha).
Strict Dress Code :
Visitors must be properly dressed before entering to the Grand Palace and a Temple or Place of worship. Men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves. If you are wearing sandals or flip-flops you must wear socks. Women must be similarly modestly dressed, cover legs to above the knee.
Please avoid wearing below outfits.
- Sleeveless shirts that show shoulders
- Short top or Vest top or Tank-top
- See-through tops and backless clothing
- Short hot pants or short pants
- Torn pants
- Tight pants
- Bike pants
- Mini skirts
- Bare feet
Please observe the strict dress codes (Male and Female). If you show up at the front gate improperly dressed, there is a booth near the entry that can provide clothes to cover you up properly at some deposit.
Daily from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
THB 500 per person
(Includes entry of Emerald Buddha also)