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Strolling through the splendor of the Grand Palace
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Strolling through the splendor of the Grand Palace

 

Let’s leave the busy lanes in the heart of Bangkok behind and drift back in time of the past century among splendid architecture of the Grand Palace.

Dated back over two centuries ago, Thailand's spectacular Grand Palace is a majestic palace complex of dazzling buildings laid in resemblance to those of the country’s ancient capital of Ayutthaya. Take a stroll to explore it and witness the best of traditional Thai architecture.

Once you get through the elegant gate, you find yourself on a wide stone path next to a large green lawn of the Outer Court, which is used to house government departments in which the kings were directly involved.

Built as a military club, the European style building Sala Sahathai Samakhom comes with a classic veranda surrounding the building. Nowadays it serves as a royal banquet hall.

Steps away locates the Phimanchaisri Gate. The adjacent Pavilion of Regalia, Royal Decorations and Coins is a small museum with an extensive collection of royal regalia, medallions, and jewelry, as well as a big selection of Thai coins.

Just turn left and continue down the path, you will enter the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

Also known as Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram, or Wat Phra Kaew in Thai, it is a royal temple built to house a Buddha image carved from a solid piece of green jade. The Buddha image was brought from Vientiane, Laos, in 1778 when King Rama I captured the city.

Dated back to 1783, the temple's chapel is finished in colored mirror tiles and gilt carving. Its doors are inlaid with mother-of-pearl designs depicted by Ramakien, the same epic which illustrates the gallery and considered the national epic.

Inside, the Emerald Buddha sits high up on a gilt alter.

The exit of the royal temple brings you directly into the Central Court of the Grand Palace, where the king's audience halls are located. The court is packed with elegant buildings. The European styled Borom Phiman Throne Hall, built in 1897 by King Rama V for his son, is never open to the public.

Right in the middle of the complex, Chakri Maha Prasat Hall, with a mixture of styles dominates the compound. On the west is Dusit Maha Prasat, the Palace’s most elegant throne halls.

 

How to get there: The Grand Palace is located right in the heart of Bangkok. To avoid the traffic jam, boat ride on Chao Phraya is more comfortable to get there. Get off at Tha Chang Pier.

It opens daily between 8.30am and 3.30pm. The ticket costs 500 baht.

The dress code at the Grand Palace is strictly enforced. Men must wear long pants while women must cover their legs to just above the knee. Sleeveless shirt is not allowed.

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