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The Classic of Thailand

In Thailand the National Anthem & King are uphold in highest esteem. Every visitors are expected to do the same. Even one does not follow they demand you to it. Therefore its important that you follow their culture to avoid unnecessary incident.
When you plan to visit the Grand Palace, remember to wear decently, for man-long pants & sleeve with collar shirt, lady- blouse with sleeve (no bare-back), pants or knee length skirt(no mini skirt). These are must wear when visiting the Grand Palace.
There are 35 places of interest in the Grand Palace.
1). The Grand Palace - established in 1782 it consist of Royal Residence, Throne Halls, Government Offices, and The Famous Emerald Buddha inside the 218,000 sq meter. King Rama I ascended to the throne in the same year. The two earliest structures erected was Dusit Maha Prasat Throne & Phra Maha Monthian.
2). Emerald Buddha - The most venerated site in Thailand. The Buddha is enshrined on a golden traditional Thai-style throne made of gilded-carved wood, known as Busabok. Every year the King will change the costumes three times a year (summer, rainny season and winter). This Emerald Buddha was carved from a block of green jade. It was in 1434 when the Buddha was discovered in Chiang Rai' stupa, and it was covered with plaster after a period of worship the plaster from the nose flaked off revelling the green gem and they thought it was Emerald and thus they called it Emerald Buddha was born. Later it was taken to Lampang and remained there until King Tilok of Lannathai moved it to Chiang Mai. In 1552 the Buddha was taken to Loas by King Chaichettha of Luang Prabang son of Chiang Mai Princess and Loatian King when he was called to succeed his father's throne, and stay there for 226 years until 1778 when army command by Chao Phraya Chakri (King Rama I) captured Vientiane and bring back the Buddha to Thailand. Later King Rama I established the city of Bangkok and the Emerald was housed within the Royal Monastery.
3). The Upper Terrace - A Golden Chedi, the Mondop, a repository of Buddist sacred scripture inscribed on palm leaves. a miniature Angkor Wat order of King Rama IV (King Mongkok).
4). Phra Maha Monthian - consists of three main buildings :- Audience Hall of Amarindra Winitchai, Paisal Taksin Hall. These was build in 1785 during the reign of King Rama I. There is a Throne surmounted by nine-tiered canopy flanked by two seven tiered white umbrellas and backed by a boat shaped altar. The Paisalk Taksin Hall is where the coronation ceremony held.t side you can find the royal bedchamber.
5). The Borom Phiman Mansion - The only Western style building built by King Rama V in 1903, it served as Royal Guest House.
Overall these are the most important places in Bangkok. For anyone who visit Bangkok must allocate time for this visit, it's a must visit in Bangkok.

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limkahwan
Jan 27, 2013

A must to see in Bangkok

It's an impressive place. A must to see. We can feel a very special ambiance.
The luxury of thai history.
You can spend hours and hours to view all the details or just enjoy the entire view.

The negative point is the policy of entrance fee: Thai and foreigner don't pay the same price.

Maybe Thais not clever enough to enjoy 100% of the site? Not a friendly policy.

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Antonycarrera
Jan 06, 2013

Grand Palace- A Royal Complex (2)

Part two of My Grand Palace Tips with more pictures around.

This will be my things to do tips on the Grand Palace Complex, I will have a separate tip for the Wat Phra Keaw (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)

The Grand Palace is the Ceremonial heart of Thailand as it was the official residence of the Kings of Thailand and Siam since the 18th century (after the collapse of the Ayuthaya Dynasty) from the Start of the Thonburi Period up to the Present Chakri Dynasty, until present King Bhumipol Adulyadej moved the royal residence to Chitralada Palace in the Dusit District, however the place is still the area for Ceremonial Purposes like the King and Queen's Birthday and other State Ceremonies and is the number one tourist destination in Bangkok.

The palace complex sits on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River. The other approaches to the palace are protected by a defensive wall of 1,900 metres in length, which encloses an area of 218,400 square metres. Further out from the wall is a canal, which was also created for defensive purposes, making the area surrounding the palace an island, known as Rattanakosin.

parts of the Grand Palace:

1) Wat Phra Kaew, the temple containing the Emerald Buddha
2) Chakri Mahaprasad Hall
3) Prasat Phra Debidorn
4) Phra Sri Ratana chedi
5) The Museum, which has information on the restoration of the Grand Palace, scale models of
the Wat and Palace and numerous Buddha images
6) Bell tower
7) Dusit Hall
8) Amarinda Hall, the original residence of King Rama I and the Hall of Justice
9) Boromabiman Hall, built by King Rama VI

The combined compound is open 8:30am to 4:30 pm everyday. Cost is 200 Baht (if you are Thai, it's free), and the admission ticket includes admission to Vimanmek Mansion and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall, Anantra Smakom Throne Hall and Sanam Chandra Palace, allb in the Dusit area of the city and the ticket is good for three days if you plan to visit the Mansion and Dusit Throne Halls on a separate day. The entrance to the compound is on Na Phra Lan road, on the north side.

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machomikemd
Oct 23, 2012

Grand Palace- A Royal Complex (1)

This will be my things to do tips on the Grand Palace Complex, I will have a separate tip for the Wat Phra Keaw (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)

The Grand Palace is the Ceremonial heart of Thailand as it was the official residence of the Kings of Thailand and Siam since the 18th century (after the collapse of the Ayuthaya Dynasty) from the Start of the Thonburi Period up to the Present Chakri Dynasty, until present King Bhumipol Adulyadej moved the royal residence to Chitralada Palace in the Dusit District, however the place is still the area for Ceremonial Purposes like the King and Queen's Birthday and other State Ceremonies and is the number one tourist destination in Bangkok.

The palace complex sits on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River. The other approaches to the palace are protected by a defensive wall of 1,900 metres in length, which encloses an area of 218,400 square metres. Further out from the wall is a canal, which was also created for defensive purposes, making the area surrounding the palace an island, known as Rattanakosin.

parts of the Grand Palace:

1) Wat Phra Kaew, the temple containing the Emerald Buddha
2) Chakri Mahaprasad Hall
3) Prasat Phra Debidorn
4) Phra Sri Ratana chedi
5) The Museum, which has information on the restoration of the Grand Palace, scale models of
the Wat and Palace and numerous Buddha images
6) Bell tower
7) Dusit Hall
8) Amarinda Hall, the original residence of King Rama I and the Hall of Justice
9) Boromabiman Hall, built by King Rama VI

The combined compound is open 8:30am to 4:30 pm everyday. Cost is 200 Baht (if you are Thai, it's free), and the admission ticket includes admission to Vimanmek Mansion and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall, Anantra Smakom Throne Hall and Sanam Chandra Palace, allb in the Dusit area of the city and the ticket is good for three days if you plan to visit the Mansion and Dusit Throne Halls on a separate day. The entrance to the compound is on Na Phra Lan road, on the north side.

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Oct 23, 2012
 
 
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Angkor Wat Model at the Grand Palace

The Angkorian Empire in the 9th century was the premiere empire of Indochina and the mini states of thailand were it's vassals then but in the 13th century, the Ayuthaya Empire supplanted the Angkorian Empire as the Premiere Empire of Indo China and the Siem Reap (the Thai Name of Siem Reap Province was Siam Nakhon Province) and Battambang Provinces of Cambodia was part of Thailand from the 14th century up to the early 19th century, as they gave up possesion of half of cambodia to the french in the early 19th century as a condtion of the British not to fight with the french for the Indo chinese lands in 1907 and the angkor wat model was commisioned by the chakri king Rama IV as part of the glory of Thai Rule then. The Angkor Wat Model is located at the middle of the many monuments erected at the Wat Phra Kew part of the Grand Palace Complex.

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machomikemd
Sep 03, 2012

Grand palace is a must see

You must be properly dressed before being allowed to entry the temple. That means no see through clothes or bare shoulders for women and long pants and shirts with sleeves for men.....
http://talkbangkok.com/listings/1349/explore/temples/the-grand-palace

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JonH45
Aug 18, 2012

Grand Palace

The Grand Palace is a-must-see in Bangkok. The huge palace complex consists of number of buildings is built in 218,000 m2 area. The temple was built in 1782 by King Rama 1. To go around the palace, you need at least one or two hours. The complex is huge and photogenic, and suddenly two hours passed very fast.

Interesting place to see is Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, where you can shop souvenir and famous Thai silks. We visited The Royal Monastery of the Emerald Buddha. His Majesty Buddha is dressed with one of three seasonal costumes; summer, rainy and winter. You will be shown the different costumes and it is good to know what season at your time of visiting.

Inside the Monastery, you are not allowed to take picture. Most visitors sit in silent, you can see monks and visitors prayer. The atmosphere is very serene and peaceful.

From the brochures, several buildings that interesting to see are: The Phra Maha Monthian Group, consisting of three halls, The Chakri Group, central throne hall, The Dusit Group, a throne hall, The Upper Terrace, consisting of four main monuments, and the Borom Phiman mansion, which was built in western style.

Admission fee is 400 THB. Open everday from 8.30 a.m. to 16.30 p.m. Tickets sold until 15.30
p.m.

If you visit the palace, please dress conservatively, covering shoulder and knee length skirt/trouser. Sarong is available for rental with deposit of 200 THB.

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Rinjani
Jun 10, 2012

Grand Palace & Temple of the Emerald Buddha

The Grand Palace is a must see in Bangkok.

For 150 years the Palace complex was home to the King and also the entire government, including the country's war ministry, state departments, and the mint.

Thai Kings stopped living in the palace full time around the turn of the twentieth century, but the complex remains the seat of power and spiritual heart of the Thai kingdom.

The Grand Palace complex also houses the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Keow), the most famous Buddhist temple and at the heart of the temple itself is a fabulous Buddha image, carved from one piece of Jade, which is the holiest and most revered of religious objects in Thailand today.

Admission fees are 400Baht which also includes tickets to Vimanmek Mansion.

The Grand Palace is open every day from 8:30 to 3:30, unless its being used for a state function.

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is Thailand's most sacred site so you must be properly dressed.

Men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves . If you're wearing sandals you must wear socks. For women no see-through clothes, bare shoulders, etc.

There is a booth near the entry that provides clothes to cover you up if needed. You must leave your passport or credit card as security.

Also be careful of touts outside the palace who tell you it is closed, then suggest their own tour instead.

Their 'tour' will be to shops where they get commissions on your purchases and the Palace will really be open!!

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May 06, 2012

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Grand Palace and round with a tuk tuk

Just hire a TukTuk and get them to take you to the Grand Palace. It is stunning. HUGE jade Buddha *remember never to point your feet towards it, a very great sign of disrespect* lots of brilliant and cheap shopping, fantastic street food, get the tuktuk driver to stop at the shops for you. Remember to bargain. You can also book a river restaurant cruise which will take you past the well lit monuments and temples. The food is excellent.

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Suet
Nov 27, 2011

Grand Palace

The Grand Palace is a very large complex of colorful temples. One of the attractions inside is the Temple of Emerald Buddha. The emerald buddha is said to have originated from India. It was later discovered as far as Cambodia, then Laos and finally Vietnam before it was transferred to Thailand. It is carved from emerald, unfortunately visitors are not allowed to touch it as it stands in a very high pedestal. No pictures are also allowed inside the temple. Another attraction of course is the Palace Hall. The palace was formerly used as the center of the Thai Government and residence of the Thai King. The present King however preferred to reside in another palace so this place is now used for selected royal rituals and ceremonies. Unfortunately for tourists this part of the Grand Palace is sometimes closed to the public when the palace is being used for royal rituals. Third attraction would be the multi-colored temples and architectural structures inside the grand palace complex. Entrance is 400 baht.

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schurman23
Oct 14, 2011

Grand Palace

Getting to Grand Palace is a lot easier by taking Taxi or "tuk-tuk" however, according to one travel blog I read, it is much more exciting to take Ferry thru Chao Phraya river to be able to see more of Bangkok. Therefore we decided to take that option. The Taksim Ferry station is approximately 10 minutes walk from our hotel in Silom Street where you can ride a Ferry worth 200.00 baht per person to Tan Thien Station.
Here are some photos took while on cruise.

After 5-7 minutes, we arrived at the ferry terminal which is about 300 steps to Grand Palace Entrance. There were several thai's offering you their goods and they will write the amount in a piece of paper (They are not an English country at all) . And if you response "so expensive!", they will hand you over the pen and the piece of paper so you can write the amount you want to bargain. LOL... Nice!

Right stepping at the main gate of the Grand Palace, there you can see hundreds of foreigners! They all scattered in different corners. Most of them are Chinese and Koreans, and some Westerners.
Due to my "broken pant" as they describe it, the security personnel did not allow me to enter the Palace and advised me to rent a "pants" and so with other tourist wearing shorts and sleeveless shirts - 200.00 baht rent refundable.
No wonder it's called GRAND PALACE, it is really beautiful! I imagine how Thai's in their creative and craftsmanship skills build this huge temples within the complex piece by piece. It could have been taken years to complete every single details of four each corners of this dazzling and spectacular Palace. Here are some of the photos and be get amazed!

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elhombre30
Oct 11, 2011

The Grand Palace

If you do nothing else in Bangkok, you must visit the Grand Palace. The name is misleading, because it's not 'a palace' but is actually an area of nearly 22 hectares. A quiet oasis in the bustle of the city, it is full of astonishing buildings. They are Royal residences, temples and government offices. The architecture, the colours, the gold leaf, the attention to detail are breathtaking.

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colin_bramso
Sep 12, 2011

Things To Do Near Grand Palace

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Getting to Grand Palace

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Na Phra Lan Rd, Maharaj Pier

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  • Sunday 08:30 to 15:30
  • Monday 08:30 to 15:30
  • Tuesday 08:30 to 15:30
  • Wednesday 08:30 to 15:30
  • Thursday 08:30 to 15:30
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  • Saturday 08:30 to 15:30

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