"The Grand Palace" Grand Palace Tip by Jmill42

Grand Palace, Bangkok: 313 reviews and 618 photos

  Inside the Royal Palace
by Jmill42

I had no idea, but apparently Thailand and The Netherlands have a long and storied history. When I visited Bangkok, so did the leader of The Netherlands. Of course, she stayed at the Royal Palace, as all royalty should. But, this meant that most of the palace was closed off and I would only get to see the Wat Phra Kaew. I ended up being okay with this, as that Wat and the surrounding structures were the most impressive of the trip. The entire area is elaborately decorated with glittering walls and statues. There is a museum inside, which I did not get to visit.

Admission to the temple is 200 Baht and includes the museum. The complex is open 8.30am to 3.30pm everyday. Do NOT be deterred from coming here by some person telling you on the street that the Palace is closed!!!

The Grand Palace of Bangkok was built in 1783 and housed not only the King, but most of the important government agencies. Kings moved out of the Palace around 1900 for good. To walk around the whole of the complex would take a while, as it is just under 2 km in length.

Address: Maharaj Pier, Chao Phraya, Bangkok
Directions: Cost is 200B (if you are Thai, it's free), and includes admission to Vimanmek Mansion and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall, both in the Dusit area.
Phone: 02-224-1833
Website: http://www.discoverthailand.com/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Mar 24, 2004
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