A Complete Guide to the Grand Palace in Bangkok – The Grandeur of a Royal Residence | Travel Bangkok Now

A Complete Guide to the Grand Palace in Bangkok

The Grandeur of a Royal Residence

No trip to the Thai capital is complete without exploring the Grand Palace in Bangkok and here’s what you need to know before you head there.

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Planning Your Visit

This attraction is in the heart of the city beside the Chao Phraya River, within easy reach of properties like the SHA Extra+ certified Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort. Apart from taxis, you can get there by the Chao Phraya Tourist Boat or take the BTS / Skytrain to Saphan Taksin Station followed by the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Ta Chang Pier. Remember it’s a sacred site so wear attire that covers bare shoulders and legs.

A Bit of History

Before visiting the Grand Palace from your luxury hotel in Bangkok, it’s always good to know a bit about its history. It dates to 1782 when it was constructed as a royal residence for King Rama I. It was here the new capital was established and this site was the home of subsequent monarchs till absolute monarchy was abolished in 1932.

Key Things to See

Today, this sprawling complex features much to see including the stunning Dusit Hall with its remarkable architecture and insightful museum. There is also the residence of King Rama I, the Royal Reception Halls, the Phra Siratana Chedi (a golden stupa), the Royal Pantheon, six pairs of Demon Guardians and even a model of Angor Wat.

The Temple of The Emerald Buddha

Amongst the most revered temples in Bangkok, Wat Phra Kaew or Temple of the Emerald Buddha is not to be missed on your visit. The distinctively designed chapel with its gilt carvings and coloured mirror tiles on the exterior dates to the 18th century and houses a sacred Buddha image made from jasper as well as captivating mural paintings.