Discover the Grand Palace in Bangkok

A Grandiose Royal Residence

Chao Phraya River

One of the must-see attractions in Bangkok, the sprawling Grand Palace complex takes one back to an ancient kingdom where you will find lavish royal buildings, sacred sites and more.

Chao Phraya River
Chao Phraya River | Image Credit : Preecha.MJ, Wat Arun across Chao Phraya River, CC BY-SA 4.0

A Former Royal Residence

Before heading to this site from your Bangkok apartment hotel or hostel, do find out more about its history. Established in 1782 following the ascension to the throne by King Rama I, the palace complex was also home to administrative offices; it became the official residency of the Thai monarchy till 1932.

Planning Your Visit

The Grand Palace can be found in the heart of the city beside the Chao Phraya River. Around a 20-minute drive from Citadines Sukhumvit 11 Bangkok, the site is open daily from 8:30am to 3:30pm. There is a strict (conservative) dress code for entry and you can find more on this on the official site: https://www.royalgrandpalace.th/en/visit/practical-information

Key Highlights & Features

One of the best things to do in Bangkok is to explore this site which showcases exquisite craftsmanship and architecture. Amongst the highlights are the Demon Guardians, the Royal Reception Halls, the Dusit Hall with its museum, Phra Siratana Chedi (a golden stupa) and mural paintings that depict the tale of Ramakien.

Temple of the Emerald Buddha

No trip to the Grand Palace in Bangkok is complete without visiting the famed Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaew. Located in the Outer Palace area, this sacred site is home to a revered statue of the Buddha and also features Ayutthaya-period architecture, intricate paintings and fascinating mosaics.