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The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew

A visit to the Grand Palace is a "must". The Grand Palace (Phra Borom Maharatchawong) is a complex of buildings established by Rama I, the first king of the Chakri dynasty. The complex sits on the east-bank of the Chao Phraya River, has an total area of 218,400 square meters and is surrounded by a defensive wall of 1,900 meters in length.

Although the Royal Family no longer inhabits the Palace, the Palace is still used for ritual purposes; access to royal residences is restricted. The current King Bhumibol (Rama IX) lives in Chitralada Palace.
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Following the common practice from these times, the palace was designated to include a royal temple. This beautiful temple, Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is an architectural wonder of gilded chedi and the treasure of Bangkok.

At the temple you can see scenes from the Ramakien, a copy of the Mondop (a cone-shaped structure) from Wat Phra Buddhabat, a model of the temple of Angkor Wat and the "Emerald Buddha", an 66-centimeter-image carved from a large block of jade, ornamented with clothes made of gold, this the most important and revered image of Buddha in the Kingdom of Thailand.

The temple is open to the public, entrance is free to Thais but foreign persons must pay an entry charge. Appropriate clothing codes are required (cover shoulder and legs). Taking photographs is not allowed within the building.

Address: Na Phralan Road, Bangkok 10200 Thailand
Telephones: +66 2 222 0094 / +66 2 222 6889 / +66 2 222 2208

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