The Grand Palace is situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and was built in 1782. Until 1925 it housed the King of Siam and his government and it’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand. It is home to the Emerald Buddha which dates back to the 14th century and is regarded as the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. The palace itself consists of several impressive buildings and the most amazing artwork on the walls. It is up there as one of the most beautiful sights I have ever laid my eyes on. Amongst the 2,351,000 sq. ft. are some of the most impressive statues and detailed buildings I have ever come across.
Getting there: The easiest & the most enjoyable route is to take the Sky train to “Saphan Taksin” Station. From here you can take the Chao Phraya River Express boat to Tha Chang Wang Luang Pier. It is just a short 5 minute walk from the pier to the entrance.
The opening hours are 8.30 – 15.30 daily located in the Old City (Rattanakosin) and tickets cost 500 baht. I advise women to dress respectfully. I saw ladies getting turned away after buying tickets for wearing leggings and shorts. For the ladies I suggest a maxi skirt or linen trousers with a T-shirt that covers all of your shoulders. For men its important that you wear a T-shit (no vest tops) and full length trousers. For both they prefer closed toe shoes though I wore pretty sandals that were open toe and this was acceptable but no beach wear i.e. flip flops. Also I would recommend wearing shoes that are easy to slip on and off as you are required to remove them if you wish to go inside to see the Emerald Buddha. If you arrive spontaneously and find yourself under dressed, don’t panic there is a place you can rent something more appropriate at the front gate.
If you are in Bangkok The Grand Palace is a must!
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