I hace been there during my last visit to bagkok: a breathtaking place. Rarely I have seen place like such and surely is worth the visit.
Thousand of people inside the many buildings which form up the complex. It show the greatness of the Siam's kings during the age, and a place full of spirituality where everyone feels like close to... dreams. My eyes hardly try to find out a place where richness were not of such grandiosity, since all statues and buildings were kind of masterpieces a person rarely may enjoy during abroad trips. The entry fee is 350 bath per person but price is nothing compared to what you see. Get lost and amused by the many attractions and royal meseums display rich cloths and regalia belonging to the kings and weapons from the age.
Be aware of Thai persons who approach you, telling the Palace is not open on that day trying to smuggle you somewhere else: it is just a tentative of a scam. the palace IS open every morning, to all.
Established in 1782, the Grand Palace complex not only houses the royal residence and throne halls, but also a number of government office as well as the renowned Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
The 1900 meters in length wall covers an area of 218,000 square meters.
This palace was built after King Rama I's ascension to the throne in 1782.
Open everday from 9.30 a.m. to 3.15 p.m.
Tickets sold until 3.00 p.m.
Please note strict dress-code rules.
Considered one of the most important Buddhas in Thailand, this small but magnificient green jadiete Buddha is a sight to behold placed in the a royal room with thrones, chandeliers, with a room of a golden glow with many other priceless religious and royal items.
Local Thai do come in to pray. Tourists can sit too on the floor in the hall in silence to appreciate the aura and atmosphere inside. Of course, with the shoes removed outside before entering.
Do spend more than a few minutes to appreciate this hall filled with other eye catching items and paintings on the wall and ceilings and pillars decorated with colorful tiles. No photography inside.
One of the most photographed view for group tours is the Grand Palace.
One of the rooms at the ground floor is open as a small collection of Thai traditional weapons and armory. The building is out of bounce for tourists and so it is only viewed from the outside.
There are Thail royal guards in uniformed with statues of elphants do add a touch of Thai. The colors of orange and green of the Thai style roofs and the sculptured trees make this place unique Thai.
So do not forget to take a photo to prove you were here.
The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew are a highlight of Bangkok.
The Wat Phra Keaw is a temple in the middle of the complex that contains the Emerald Buddha (carved with nephrite, a type of Jade) and this is one of the most revered of the Thai Buddha's. The stupa was discovered in the 15th century but was captured by Laotian invaders until it was returned and placed in the current site during the reign of Rama I around 1790.
The Grand Palace is a series of colourful and lavish buildings with some amazing carvings and statues. The site is large and you can easily spend hours here. You will need to cover up, trousers for men, no bare shoulders for women, don't worry you can hire the appropriate clothing at the gate.
Do not miss this site.
The Grand Palace takes quite a while to look at and it is full of Tourists, so don't expect to get photos without people in them, that would be nearly impossible!
First of all, BE AWARE of the Tuk Tuk drivers telling you that the Palace is closed and wanting to take you to other Temples and probably shops, hoping that you will buy.
THIS IS NOT THE CASE.
The Palace is OPEN EVERY DAY from 8.30am to 4.30pm and the cost in 2009 was 350tb.
It will only be closed if being used for a State Function.
Also included in the price, is a ticket to Vimanmek Mansion and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall which are located at Dusit. (Use the admission ticket within 7 days)
Unluckily for me, Vimanmek Mansion was closed for 4days, this may have been because the Prince was in town, I really don't know, but a notice said it was closed.
The Grand Palace was built in 1782, and here you will find what used to be the Royal residence ( the King now lives in Chitralada Palace ) and Throne Halls as well as Government Offices. The Grand Palace is now used mainly for ceremonial occassions. Most of the interiors are closed to visitors, but it is well worth strolling around the grounds and having a look at the Royal Thai Decoration & Coin Pavillion.
Be aware not to wear Tank tops and be respectfully dressed.
Once in bangkok you have to visit the spectacular Grand Palace, undoubtedly the city's most famous landmark. Built in 1782 - and for 150 years the home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government - the Grand Palace of Bangkok is a grand old dame indeed, that continues to have visitors in awe with its beautiful architecture and intricate detail, all of which is a proud salute to the creativity and craftsmanship of Thai people. Within its walls were also the Thai war ministry, state departments, and even the mint.
There are a lot of temples in Bangkok. Wat Phra Kaeo (The temple of the Emerald Buddha) is the most famous.
Some names of other temples: Wat Pho (The temple of Reclining Buddha, Wat Benchanabophit (The Marble Temple), Wat Arun (The temple of Dawn) and Wat Traimit (The temple of the Gold Buddha)
Wats = Temples.
Ok, so we told our Japanese friend that we are going to the Grand Palace the day after, and he said, "well, no more temples for me." He had too much of wats-watching too. :-P
The Grand Palace was bustling with so many visitors! But it was worth the trip.
An absolute must if you have not visited this expansive site. The good thing about visiting the palace are the numerous places you can hide from the sun. The mural walls run along the entire perimeter of the palace and there is a wide variety of architectural details and style at the different temples and buildings within the grounds. Chinese tiles, mosaics, Khmer and statues of the Ramayana story make for interesting photo opportunites.
Read, read, read or get a good guide to fully appreciate the site.
Grand Palace is the jewel in Bangkok's architectural crown. It is still used for state functions, but public access is sufficiently extensive to make it a must-see. Appropriate dress is compulsory. Better cover your shoulders & knees. Open daily 8:30am til 3:30pm.
Located right on the Mae Nam Chao Phraya River, the Wat is apart of the Grand Palace enclosure that was constructed in 1782. The complex includes several stupas and pagodas set on multi-leveled platforms with bonsai trees, Buddha statues, fountains, enormous painted dragon-like devils, and large porcelain bowls with lotus flowers all enclosed in an inner wall that is painted with Thai mythical stories with figures in gold leaf. The temple structures, completely adorned in tile and mirrors, seemingly float over the white marble pavement. The gold stupa reaching for the sky is unbearable to look at with the sun?s strength. Even with the masses of people who all need to get their photo with the gold devils with the frightening faces, this place seems peaceful.
Legend oozes out of the Emerald Buddha. It was first discovered in Chain Rai in the north of Thailand?s Golden Triangle in 1434. The image was covered in plaster and thought valueless until an abbot noticed a green interior after a piece of plaster cracked off. The abbot thought the Buddha image was emerald, hence the name, but it is actually jade. After a break in the succession of kings, the Buddha was enshrined in Luang Prabang, Laos until 226 years later when the Thai army recovered the Buddha for Thailand. It now rests at Wat Phrae Kaew.
Every tourist visiting Bangkok MUST drop by the Grand Palace and the associated Wat Phra Kaew, and the best way to do it is to hire one of the badged tour guides to take you through. It was especially good for me, since the last time I visited the sites I went alone, so I got some knowledgeable Thai-friendly company as well as a tour!!
The Grand Palace and Wat were constructed beginning in the late 1700's but have been updated over time, and though the Grand Palace is no longer the primary home of the king it is still used for state dinners and similar events. Of the two sites, Wat Phra Kaew is by far the most interesting, with its architecture influenced by Sri Lankan, Cambodian and Chinese styles. The gleaming domes and spires of Wat Phra Kaew often grace tourist photos for Bangkok. The highlight of the Wat portion of the tour is the famed Emerald Buddha, whose clothes are changed three times a year (once each for summer, winter and rainy seasons) bythe King himself. The temple is extremely ornate, and every turn or nook is covered in gold, plated in mosaics, or otherwise decorated -- it's a feast for the eyes. Compared to the temple, the palace is kind of sedate, but I did like that they preserved the elephant boarding platforms -- not something you see at European palaces!!
I could have divided the Wat and Palace into two tips but they are essesntially the same site -- you pay one ticket price, get one guide and almost have difficulty telling where one ends and the other begins. IMPORTANT: Bring long pants!! Shorts are not allowed for men. For women, cover your shoulders!!
I could also write way more detail on the temple, but you're going to go here! You have to if you're in Bangkok! So you'll see for yourself.
The Gold is just magnificent and it's all over. The Temple is separate from the Grand Palace which is the King and Queen's residence in Bangkok. The Grand Palace is well guarded and military men march along the premises. There are restricted areas so watch where you think you might want to go. There seems to be only one way in and one way out, so make sure to grab a map. This Wat houses the Emerald Buddha. The Buddha is not as big as I thought it would be. Expect lots of people to be visiting the temple. Please see my travelogues for more photos.
The dress code restrictions are very, very strict. I didn't have to wear a shirt over the shirt I was wearing but my crop pants (well below my knees) was not acceptable. I had to wear a sarong so my legs were completely covered. It doesn't cost anything to use the sarong they will provide but you have to leave a deposit to ensure the return of the sarong.
It's open Daily 8:30am - 3:30pm. Cost of tickets is 200 baht (about US$6.35)
the Kinnaree can be a man or a woman and is a beloved creature in thai literature. Described as a beautiful half-woman, half swan, with the head and torso of a woman yet below the delicately tapered waist she has the body, tail and legs of a swan. Kinnaree also has human arms and the wings of a swan. While the Kinnaree has a male counterpart (the Kinnara or Kinna Norn) and is similar in form. It is often seen in figures in temples, palaces, big houses, etc since the kinnaree is known as a great traditional singer and dancer in the Thai Literature, hence Kinnaree statues here at Grand Palace.