About Grand Palace
Bangkok's Grand Palace was the home of the King and the administrative seat of the government for 150 years. Some of the departments based within the palace included the war ministry, state department, and the mint. The Thai Kings stopped living in the palace full time at the start of the twentieth century, but the palace still remains the center of power. The buildings are closed to visitors, but their exteriors are worth a quick tour.
The easiest way to get to the Grand Palace is by River Taxi. The nearest pier is the Tha Chang Pier. The 508 and 512 bus lines pass by it as well.
First To Review: Jane W.
Oct 4, 2009
It was built in 1782, and it houses not only the royal residence and throne halls, but also a number of government offices and the renowned Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It covers an area of 218,000 square meter and it's surrounded by 1900 meter wall length. You will be bewildered by the huge statues, decorted doors, golden domes, Bonzai trees, temples, Budha statues. When you visit the Palace you should be wearing decent clothes.
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Oct 27, 2008
I enjoyed the palace, but it was very crowded when I visited (early afternoon). I think that an early morning visit may have been better. I would opine that this is a "must-see" if in Bangkok. I would allocate at least 3 hours for a good visit. Photography opportunities are almost limitless. Watch out for the touts outside the gates. It was beautiful. Good journeys!
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Aug 10, 2008
Very beautiful palace and surrounds but in the Thai temperatures it can get very hot walking around so be warned wear a hat and plenty of sunscreen. Be wary of the trishaw drivers on the outside who offer to take you somewhere via 'their uncle's shop' or somewhere else to spend your money!! Visit Wat Phra Kaew , temple which is where the Emerald Buddha can be found. It is quite small and wears different clothes depending on the season There is something ornate and fascinating around every corner. Inside the
May 11, 2011
Who love arts and artchitectures will love this place. It's really big and amazing! There's a Budha statue made from Jade and had a clothes to wear and changed 3 times a year. The clothes made from gold! And about the palace, We cannot enter because it is the private place for king and at the gate of King's Palace, some "soldier" like Royal British Cavalry standing up with their weapons and we can ask them for some photos!