The Grand Palace

Attraction Na Phra Lan Rd, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, 10200, Thailand Published on: 01-10-2017

1 hours 30 mins
08:30 AM - 03:30 PM
08:30 AM
03:00 PM
First-time visit
Must see
Temple & Monument
14.02 USD

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The Grand Palace is a complex of buildings in Bangkok, the amazing place with numerous of buildings, halls, pavilions set around open lawns, gardens and courtyards.

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Why The Grand Palace is special ?

Within the palace complex are several impressive buildings including Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), which contains the small, very famous and greatly revered Emerald Buddha that dates back to the 14th century.

The robes on the Buddha are changed with the seasons by HM The King of Thailand, and forms an important ritual in the Buddhist calendar. Thai Kings stopped living in the palace around the turn of the twentieth century, but the palace complex is still used to mark all kinds of other ceremonial and auspicious happenings.


What to explore at The Grand Palace?

Grand Palace Layout and Orientation

The palace complex, like the rest of Ratanakosin Island, is laid very similar to the palaces of Ayutthaya, the glorious former capital of Siam which was raided by the Burmese. The Outer Court, near the entrance, used to house government departments in which the King was directly involved, such as civil administration, the army and the treasury. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is located in one corner of this outer court. The Central Court is where the residence of the King and halls used for conducting state business were located. Only two of the throne halls are open to the public, but you'll be able to marvel at the exquisite detail on the facades of these impressive structures.

The Inner Court is where the King's royal consorts and daughters lived. The Inner Court was like a small city entirely populated by women and boys under the age of puberty. Even though no royalty currently reside in the inner court, it is still completely closed off to the public. Despite the proximity of the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, there's a distinct contrast in style between the very Thai Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the more European inspired design of the Grand Palace (the roof being the main exception). Other highlights are Boromabiman Hall and Amarinda Hall, the original residence of King Rama I and the Hall of Justice.

Royal Reception Halls

Nowadays its impressive interior is used for important ceremonial occasions like coronations. It also contains the antique throne, used before the Western style one presently in use. Visitors are allowed inside the spacious European style reception room or Grand Palace Hall (Chakri Maha Prasat). Then there's the impressive Dusit Hall, rated as perhaps the finest architectural building in this style, and a museum that has information on the restoration of the Grand Palace, scale models and numerous Buddha images.


How to get to The Grand Palace?

1. From Sukhumvit, Sathorn, Silom, Siam, Ploenchit, Phayathai, Victory Monument and other areas on the BTS skytrain line:
Ride the BTS from your nearest station to Saphan Taksin station. You may need to change trains at Siam depending on where you are coming from. At Saphan Taksin, go down to Sathorn pier under the station, which is also known as Central pier. Do not buy a 150 baht ticket for the tourist boat at the desk (If you are interested in on-board commentary in English to point out landmarks and points of interest, then you can consider buying single trip 40 baht ticket of Chao Phraya tourist boat at this counter). Tourist boat has separate queue marked in blue arrow.
For local boats get on the Chao Phraya Express Boat coming from your left (may be crowded during peak hours). Take a boat with no flag, an orange flag, or a green flag. You pay the fare on board to the ticket seller, tell her "Tha Chang" (pier N9). The fare is 13 or 15 baht depending on the boat. Get off at Tha Chang (pier N9), and walk out from the pier area until you see a high white wall. Follow it to the left and then around to the right, so that Sanam Luang (a large open green space) is on your left and the palace wall is on your right. Walk about 200 meters until you get to the main entrance.
You may be approached by a polite, well dressed man (or woman), even in some kind of uniform (like wearing a black T shith with tourist police marked), advising you that the palace is closed for some special occasion or palace entry will be free after hours, and offering to take you to another temple, or on a cheap tuktuk tour, . Do NOT believe them as they are out to scam you.
Wat Pho is right behind the Grand Palace, so you will need to go back out the way you came in, and go around the block to enter Wat Pho. After visiting Wat Pho, you may have time to visit Wat Arun. From Wat Pho entrance it is a very short walk to Tha Tien pier where you can cross the river by ferry for 3 baht to see Wat Arun.
2. From Khao San Road and Phra Athit, you can catch the Chao Phraya express boat coming from your right at Tha Phra Athit (pier N13) and get off at Tha Chang pier (pier N9). Its also possible to walk from that area to the Grand Palace passing Sanam Luang in about 30 minutes.
3. From other areas (unless on the riverside) a taxi is often the best option.

Selling points

  • Amazing place with many edifices
  • Very beautiful and elegance place.
  • Home of the Emeralds Buddha.
  • Beautiful place with great Thai Architectural.
  • Photographers’ paradise.
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Tips for you

  • From there to national museum can take 'tuktuk local antique car' for 40 baht. Or walk.
  • Bring your saroong, as it is must wear to enter, otherwise borrow from front gate.
    What to bring
  • You should bring sunscreen, hat and water.
    What to bring
  • No shorts, slippers, sandals, or revealing tops, otherwise you simply won't be allowed in. There's also a facility that offers proper trouser wear rental should you need it.
  • You can spend at least a few hours here going in and out of the different temple buildings taking pictures of all the statues and frescos.
  • Some parts of the complex are simply off limits to foreigners. Some buildings are totally closed. Many parts you are not allowed to actually get close to. Some parts of this may be interesting to those that enjoy royalty related items. Very little English/etc language signage considering it's Thailand's premier religious/nationalist sight and is 500 baht only for foreigners.
  • If you don't want to pay, surrounding is already good for taking picture.
  • It can get very crowded with lots of tour groups.
  • Make sure you get here early in the morning as it is less crowded and you beat the brunt of the heat.
  • Be aware of the scammers outside that wear suits and radios and pretend to be policemen. They will be nice and tell you that there is a special ceremony so you can’t enter. It’s just one of the many scams they try to pull there, so watch out.
  • Parking your car at the navy parking
  • One ticket includes entry to Vimanmek Palace and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall.
    Ticket and Pricing


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The Grand Palace features some of the most spectacular architectures in Asia. Entering the palace with the magnificent Royal Chapel, golden domes and fluted spires.

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กรุณาแต่งกายสุภาพ ห้ามใส่กางเกงขาสั้น, กระโปรงสั้น, เสื้อแขนกุด Please show respect by dressing properly

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Dress code for Grand Palace : No shorts, no sleeveless tops/vests, no sandals/open shoes. Shoes must be removed before entering the temples

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Proper attire required - very strict!

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This is a huge complex of buildings that has served kings since the 18th century. Don't miss the Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew and the impressive architecture of the Chakri Mahaprasad Hall.

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Beautiful Architecture, well worth a visit, will take a day to view the whole complex of buildings and exhibits. Can get very hot in the afternoon, remember not to wear too short shorts as you will be asked to rent some long trousers to cover your legs.

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This is a stunning place but despite arriving early (9am) the place was already packed with millions of Chinese/Korean/Japanese tourists. The women all had umbrellas so eye protection was essential! The noise was diabolical and it was a seemingly endless stream of humanity moving from one building to another. Photos without a posse of tourists in view was impossible and every good shot was spoilt by some asian women gurning to camera or holding aloft a self-stick. - dissapointing! You have to do it but it is a chore not a pleasure.

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The Grand Palace is fascinating if you want to learn the basics about Buddhism, Thai culture and the King. It is beautiful but chaotic so here are my top tips on surviving:1. Expect many tourists and do not be in a rush.2. Wear clothes that cover your shoulders and your knees otherwise you will not be allowed entry - men AND women.3. Take water, there is little shelter and it is hot.4. Be aware when taking taxis to the area that it is rip-off central so learn your currency and know what a reasonable price is. You will generally have to barter.5. Do not believe anyone who tells you the Grand Palace is shut - it is never shut, they are working on a way to scam you!!Enjoy!!

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The Grand Palace features some of the most spectacular architectures in Asia. Entering the palace with the magnificent Royal Chapel, golden domes and fluted spires.

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Its a magnificent attraction with lots to see and click. I would recommend you visit during the first half of the day to enjoy the full essence of the place. You have to be dressed properly. No shorts and sleeveless t-shirts /tank tops allowed. Before you decide to visit the Palace, make sure there is no ceremony taking place in it from a reliable source. The day I visited, the palace was closed for a ceremony and no one was allowed to enter. I confirmed this news from the security guards guarding the palace. Don't get fooled by the scammers outside the palace. Once you enter the boundaries of grand Palace, the ticket counter is at a little distance. The ticket cost is bhat 500/person, which includes the museum entry / Grand palace entry and the Emerald Buddha .The emerald Buddha is within the boundaries of the Palace. I made a mistake of going at 1500hrs to see the palace and as a result had to rush through as most of the attractions inside the palace closes either by 1530hrs or by 1600hrs. Hence, I was not able to see all and could not justify the visit. If you don't have enough time, you can miss out on lot of sites as its not well marked and you could go in circles. Incase you do happen to visit towards the fag end of the day, make sure you rush through the museum ( or give it a miss. The museum has on display jewellery and artifacts of the royalty) and go straight to see the Emerald Buddha as it closes at 1600hrs sharp. After Emerald Buddha ask someone where the Grand Palace is and go there straight. The Kings room closes at 1600hrs. The palace is really grand and beautifully kept. Its a must visit to get the feel of what grandeur and architecture is all about and marvel over the beauty and shine.

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