Grand Palace ,A must visit attraction for first timers in Bangkok
Uncover an architectural treasure
Bangkok is a thrilling holiday destination filled with exotic aromas, customary attractions, and pan-Western influence. Here’s a vibrant city consisting of many layers symbolizing traditional Thai hospitality and beauty.
This spectacular and dazzling attraction is undoubtedly one of the most popular landmarks in Bangkok. Having a history of more than 200 years, this palace was initially the residence of a Thai kind, the administrative seat of the government and the Royal Court. The complex offers an insight into Thai royalty. If you are staying at a resort or boutique hotel in Sukhumvit Bangkok the likes of Jono Bangkok Asok, it’s a 33-minute drive to the Grand Palace as well as other iconic attractions in the city.
Orientation and layout
This beautiful palace complex is laid out similarly to many palaces in Ayutthaya which were raided by the Burmese. Once you come near the entrance, there will be an Outer Court used by the former King to hold his government departments. This included the ones he had direct involvement such as the army, civil administration, and the treasury. In one corner of the Outer Court lies the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
Things to keep in mind
Similar to other religious sites, you should wear an appropriate dress code when visiting the Grand Palace. For instance, men must wear shirts with sleeves and long pants. Remember to wear socks if you are wearing flip-flops or sandals. Women should also dress modestly (Avoid wearing dresses with bare shoulders and see-through clothes).
Things to see
The Wat Phra Kaeo or Temple of Emerald Buddha is easily recognizable by the two giant demon figures at the entrance. If you are lucky enough to pass through the demons, you will be welcomed to a cycle of murals depicting the epic poem named ‘Ramakien’. The 66-centimeter-high statue of meditating Buddha dressed in gold robes is an important highlight here. Then, head over to Phra Mondop, another building near the Grand Palace.