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Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace

Wat Phra Kaew (Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram) and the Grand Palace (Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang) are probably the most famous landmarks in all of Thailand.

Built in 1782, during the reign of Rama I, the Grand Palace was for just about 150 years, the home of the King and his court, within the walls were the country’s war ministry and government departments. Thai kings stopped living in the palace in 1946, after the death of King Ananda Mahidol in the Baromphiman Palace. The present King Bhumibol (Rama IX) lives in Chitralada Palace. Nowadays, the Grand Palace is used only for ceremonial purposes and remains the spiritual heart of the Thai Kingdom.

The palace complex site on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River, the palace has an area of 218,400 square meters and is surrounded by walls created for defensive purposes. The main buildings within the Grand Palace compound were built for King Rama V, who was the first Thai King to travel to Europe. Its beautiful architecture is a proud salute to the creativity and craftsmanship of Thai people, although the palace was influenced by Western architecture, including colonial and Victorian motifs

Within the palace complex are several impressive buildings including Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) which was erected in 1782 and contains the revered Emerald Buddha, the famous image was meticulously carved from a single block of jade and is clothed in the raiment of the season.

The grounds of Wat Phra Kaew actually comprises of many Wats, all of which are superb examples of classical Thai Buddhist temples. The walls of the complex are covered with draws of Rattanakosin artisans showing episodes of the Ramakien, the Thai story of the god-king Rama, which is the Thai adaptation of the Indian Ramayana.

As the Grand Palace is a sacred complex, you are expected to dress appropriately, do not forget to wear long pants and shirtsleeves that cover the upper arms, no sandals, topless shirts. Opening hours from 08:30 to 15:30, everyday, except during special Royal Ceremonies

Contact information:

Telephone: 02-623-5500 Ext. 1124, 3100

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