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The Grand Palace

Bangkok

14.2/5(41 Ratings)

What to do : Take a day-long tour of the royal headquarters

Ranked 1 of 89 sightseeing in Bangkok

The Grand Palace is a humongous complex of buildings, located at the heart of Bangkok. The palace had been the official residence of the monarch for over a century, and is still used for all the official ceremonies. The palace and its surroundings are one of the biggest tourist attractions in Thailand, owing to the resplendent decorations.

History

King Rama I commissioned the construction of the palace, when he shifted the capital from Thonburi to Bangkok in 1782. Other buildings were added successively by the later monarchs, to make up the gigantic complex as sees today. The palace was initially made out of wood and timber, owing to a desperate shortage of materials. So, to find more materials, King Rama I ordered his men to go to the old capital city of Ayutthaya in the hope of salvaging the remains from the Burma-Siam war of 1767. Every single usable brick from the building of Ayutthaya were taken, barring the materials of temples. And after the final completion of the palace in 1785, the King conducted a full traditional ceremony in his new palace. The monarchs shifted to the more modern Dusit Palace in the 1920s, as the period of absolute monarchy ended. However, the palace complex is still the centre of ceremony, and is considered to be the heart of spiritual Thailand.

Reason to Visit

The Grand Palace is mainly divided into four courts- the Inner Court, the Middle Court, the Outer Court and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. This Temple houses a jade figurine of Buddha meditating, and is considered to be the most recognisable icon of spiritual Thailand. The palace, unlike the traditional Temple, has some European designs incorporated in its architecture. The complex is filled with European-style reception halls, which are extravagantly decorated and spacious - the Dusit Hall is rated as the finest building in this Euro-Thai style. The compound also houses a museum, which has all the information about the palace over the ages, scale models of the nearby complexes and various images of Buddha. Set in between luscious lawns and exquisite gardens, the Grand Palace is one of the best places in the country.

Entry Guidelines

The Grand Palace opens early, at 8.30 am. Entry tickets cost around 500 Baht, or INR 950 - it also includes entry to the Vimanmek Palace and the Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall. It is to be noted that since the palace and its temple complex are sacred places, improperly clothed tourists will not be let in- so no slippers, sandals, shorts or revealing clothing. The Temple closes at 1530, so it is important that you visit as early as possible.

Where to Eat

Some of the best hotels in the city are around the Grand Palace, since it is located at the heart of the capital. For some authentic Thai cuisine, visit Jin Sieng Seng, or the Sala Rattanakosin Eatery, which are within 600 metres of the palace. Susie Wong’s Beers and Buns, located at a distance of one kilometre from the palace, has been rated as one of the best fusion restaurants in Thailand. However, for a taste of India, one can visit the Royal India restaurant, which is a short taxi ride from the complex.


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What travellers are saying about The Grand Palace

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  • Very Good 4
  • Average 2
  • Good 1
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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Timing, fees and more

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Operating hours

Sun:
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Mon:
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Tue:
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Wed:
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Thu:
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Fri:
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Sat:
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
fee

Entry Fee

Adult:
THB 500
Child:
Free/not applicable
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Contact Details

Phone: +6626235500

Reviews and Ratings

Indraneel K

Indraneel K5.0/5

2 reviews

Architecture at its Best

Bangkok is the city of Temples. There are over 1000 temples in Bangkok. Emerald Palace is no doubt the best of all. The Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha Temple are within the same premise. So make sure you have enough time in your hand to explore the entire place. He palace and the temple are considered the most sacred site in Bangkok. Follow the dress rules or you might not be allowed inside the temple. Men must wear shirts with sleeves and long pant. Beachwear shirts or Shorts are strict no. Same rules apply to women as well .

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  • Architecture at its Best
  • Architecture at its Best
  • Architecture at its Best
  • Architecture at its Best
    +20

Subodh gurjar

Subodh gurjar5.0/5

6 reviews

A MUST visit when in Bangkok.

A great place to see Buddhist culture and a hugely popular temple in Bangkok.Nearby this are a few more attractions - Wat Pho and Wat Arun are worth a visit.Wat Arun is under renovation - but one can still visit the temple.Go early morning.Please be cautious - many touts there - especially the rickshaw guys - they will tell some story of the temple is closed for few hours and take you for a spin. Finally taking you to a expensive jewelry store and will disappear. Don't talk to anyone other than official people at the ticket counter.However, the site is beautiful and a MUST visit.Dress code is important - no shorts or small skirts allowed - so dress appropriately.

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Kapil Kumar

Kapil Kumar3.9/5

8 reviews

Must visit in Bangkok

When you say Bangkok, many words come into mind- busy life, traffic jams, sunny hot, street food, night life and Buddha temples. After going through almost all the experiences, finally we reach at Khao San road where we booked our hotel.Its just a 5 mins walk from Khaosan road to the Royal Palace and Wat Arun/WatPho temples. It was a Saturday so we expected lot of tourists and we were very right, the palace was filled with lot of tourists and local people too. It was a special day in Thai calendar, where all of local people joined to pay respect to the beloved King. All people were wearing black as a symbol of respect towards the king.Even as a tourist, please make sure you respect to the king and wear the appropriate dress when you to go palace or temple.The palace entry cost 500THB per person, which also including a ticket to a coin museum. You are allow to take cameras too, so you can capture the palace and all the related sections. If needed, you can hire the guide too. You can walk around the palace in around 1 hour.

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  • Must visit in Bangkok
  • Must visit in Bangkok
  • Must visit in Bangkok
  • Must visit in Bangkok
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Riazuddin ahammad

Riazuddin ahammad3.6/5

5 reviews

Good But Bit Overrated

If you are into Buddhist temple, you will like it. But I personally believe its bit overpriced for foreigners. Always overcrowded, as it is quite a popular. Try to get early as the sun will burn you down !!!

Biplaw kumar

Biplaw kumar4.3/5

5 reviews

Very beautiful but expensive.

The place is really beautiful and it is great for taking pictures and knowing about history and culture of Thailand. But the entry fees of 500 THB isn't justified.

Sanjiv Sengupta

Sanjiv Sengupta5.0/5

6 reviews

Marvellous architecture

Wonderful place to be but it is a must to have a tourist guide for better understanding. The visit timing starts from 09:00 am, it takes about an hour and half to cover the entire area. The best part was to see the Royal Guards March Past.
  • Marvellous architecture

Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar2.9/5

3 reviews

Hot and sunny and crowded

This is a place which seems always crowded. Please be aware that there is a dress code to enter. Go as early as possible as it gets very hot and avoid weekends as the crowd increases and some buildings are shut. Good place for photo ops. Fee is 500 Baht currently per person.

Pranjal Jain

Pranjal Jain3.6/5

1 review

Nice and beautiful

Nice place with a lot of temples but too much crowded. There were a lot of people and the weather was also hot and this is during the winters so be prepared.

Abhishek Parashar

Abhishek Parashar5.0/5

1 review

Amazing architecture

So so so beautiful I had ever seen what a architecture amazing. I love this place and I suggest you to go and see the beauty of this Palace. First I went alone but next time I am going with my family.

P M

P M4.6/5

7 reviews

Recommend place to be visited

While the complex is crowded with visitors most times, it is worth a visit while in Bangkok. Suggest an early start to avoid the crowds and to give yourself enough time. Would also suggest getting a guide and/or reading upon Royal Grand Palace before your visit.

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The Grand Palace, Bangkok

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Kapil Kumar

The Grand Palace, Bangkok
The Grand Palace, Bangkok

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Kapil Kumar

The Grand Palace, Bangkok
The Grand Palace, Bangkok

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Kapil Kumar

The Grand Palace, Bangkok
The Grand Palace, Bangkok

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Kapil Kumar

The Grand Palace, Bangkok