"Grand Palace- A Royal Complex (1)" Grand Palace Tip by machomikemd

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This will be my things to do tips on the Grand Palace Complex, I will have a separate tip for the Wat Phra Keaw (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)

The Grand Palace is the Ceremonial heart of Thailand as it was the official residence of the Kings of Thailand and Siam since the 18th century (after the collapse of the Ayuthaya Dynasty) from the Start of the Thonburi Period up to the Present Chakri Dynasty, until present King Bhumipol Adulyadej moved the royal residence to Chitralada Palace in the Dusit District, however the place is still the area for Ceremonial Purposes like the King and Queen's Birthday and other State Ceremonies and is the number one tourist destination in Bangkok.

The palace complex sits on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River. The other approaches to the palace are protected by a defensive wall of 1,900 metres in length, which encloses an area of 218,400 square metres. Further out from the wall is a canal, which was also created for defensive purposes, making the area surrounding the palace an island, known as Rattanakosin.

parts of the Grand Palace:

1) Wat Phra Kaew, the temple containing the Emerald Buddha
2) Chakri Mahaprasad Hall
3) Prasat Phra Debidorn
4) Phra Sri Ratana chedi
5) The Museum, which has information on the restoration of the Grand Palace, scale models of
the Wat and Palace and numerous Buddha images
6) Bell tower
7) Dusit Hall
8) Amarinda Hall, the original residence of King Rama I and the Hall of Justice
9) Boromabiman Hall, built by King Rama VI

The combined compound is open 8:30am to 4:30 pm everyday. Cost is 200 Baht (if you are Thai, it's free), and the admission ticket includes admission to Vimanmek Mansion and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall, Anantra Smakom Throne Hall and Sanam Chandra Palace, allb in the Dusit area of the city and the ticket is good for three days if you plan to visit the Mansion and Dusit Throne Halls on a separate day. The entrance to the compound is on Na Phra Lan road, on the north side.

Address: Maharaj Pier, Chao Phraya, Bangkok
Directions: Ordinary buses 44, 47 and 91 stop on Thaiwang road between Wat Pho and Wat Phra Kaew.
Ordinary buses 1, 25, 44, 47, 82 and 91 also stop on Maharat road, on the west of Wat Phra Kaew

othercontact: www.grandpalacebangkok.com
Phone: 02-224-1833
Website: http://www.discoverthailand.com/

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  • Updated Oct 23, 2012
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