The Grand Palace

One of Bangkok's top sites

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What we say: 4 stars

The Grand Palace was constructed in 1782 to commemorate and house the current dynasty of Thai royals. Most of the walled-in palace compound is still used by the royal family and therefore closed to the public.

The magnificent buildings within the compound were built over the reigns of several kings and as such show a variety of Thai architectural styles. Just taking a walk through the grounds alone is enough to soak up some of the regal extravagance.

Before the Dusit Hall is Chakri Mahaprasat, designed by English architects. You are not allowed in, but the gardens are picturesque. Before Chakri Mahaprasat is Amarinda Hall, used for coronation ceremonies. The Pavilion for Holy Water is a traditional hall where priests used to attend a ceremony to swear allegiance to the king. The Royal Thai Decoration and Coin Museum is open to the public and contains displays of Thai currency dating back as far as the 11th century as well as a variety of royal paraphernalia.

Admission also gives you access to Wat Phra Kaew, Vimanmek Mansion and the Dusit Throne Hall.

More details
Na Phra Lan Rd
Opening Hours: Daily 8:30-11:30, 13:00-15:30
How to get there: Via the Chao Phraya River Express Boat, alight at Tha Chang Pier. Buses servicing the area include ordinary buses 1, 25, 44, 47, 53, 82 and 91, as well as A/C buses 3, 6, 8, 12 and 44.
Last updated: 24th December, 2013

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  • Grand Palace Tour

    17th May, 2011

    This place is amazing. They offer free tours which we just missed but I would recommend as you will be able to find out a lot more information. You can go wearing anything and if you are 'inappropriately' dressed they have tops and skirts/pants you can hire so you don’t have to walk around hot Bangkok in long pants.

    The Grand Palace reviewed by Pikkie (2)
    Written on 17th May, 2011, rated 4 out of 5. Visited here in November, 2009

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