Grand Palace Bangkok

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The Grand Palace has served as the official residences of the Kings of Thailand from the 18th century onwards. Construction on the palace began in 1782 during the reign of King Rama I, when he moved the capital across the river from Thonburi to Bangkok. The Palace has been constantly expanded and many addition structures were added over time. The present King of Thailand, King Rama IX, however does not currently reside there but at the Chitralada Palace.

Grand Palace Bangkok Thailand

Grand Palace Bangkok Thailand

Warning – Be very careful of touts working outside the palace area who will tell you its closed, and suggest their own guided tour instead. Their “tour” will be to several shops where they get commissions on your purchases.

While the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Grand Palace grounds are open every day when not being used for state functions, the audience halls in the Grand Palace are closed on weekends. You can only gain entrance to see the magnificent thrones on weekdays. The Royal Pantheon in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is only open one day a year, on 6 April.

Grand Palace Bangkok Thailand

Grand Palace Bangkok Thailand

The Grand Palace is open every day from 8:30 to 3:30, unless its being used for a state function. Free guided tours in English are available at 10:00, 10:30, 1:30 and 2:00. You can also rent an audio guide for 100 Baht plus passport or credit card as security.

NOTE: There is a strict dress code for visiting the Grand Palace. Visitors must be properly dressed before being allowed entry to the Palace. Men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves – no tank tops. If you’re wearing sandals or flip-flops you must wear socks (in other words, no bare feet.) Women must be similarly modestly dressed. No see-through clothes, bare shoulders, etc. If you show up at the front gate improperly dressed, there is a booth near the entry that can provide clothes to cover up properly. You must leave your passport or a credit card as security.

Grand Palace Bangkok Thailand by Night

Grand Palace Bangkok Thailand by Night

How to Get to the Grand Palace…

The Grand Palace and Wat Pra Kaew are in the Banglamphu area of Bangkok – the ‘Old City’. To get there you can take a taxi, which from the centre of Bangkok will cost about 80 Baht.

From Khao San Road you can walk to The Grand Palace or the Emerald Buddha temples in about 20 minutes.

The following buses will get you there:
Bus Number: 1, 35, 44,47, 123, 201

Air-conditioned Bus Number: 2, 3, 7, 8, 12, 25, 39, 44, 82

Grand Palace Bangkok Thailand

Grand Palace Bangkok Thailand

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