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Grand Palace

Grand Palace

The Grand Palace (Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang) is a complex of buildings at the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. The palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) since 1782. The king, his court and his royal government were based on the grounds of the palace until 1925. The present monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), currently resides at Chitralada Palace, but the Grand Palace is still used for official events. tours in Indochina 

The Grand Palace is a magnificent complex of buildings of great significance. Construction of the complex began in 1782 when King Rama I decided to move the capital of Thailand from Thonburi to an area known as Rattanakosin Island on the East side of the Chao Phraya River.

Grand Palace

Grand Palace

The Grand Palace was built from the ruins of Ayutthaya, Thailand’s ancient capital. With few resources they stripped every stone and brick from Ayutthaya, leaving only the temples, and shipped each one down the Chao Phraya River the hundred kilometers to Bangkok. The Grand Palace was vast – populated with thousands of staff and family members; they called it the city within the city.

The Grand Palace has an area of 218,400 square meters and is surrounded by walls built in 1782. The length of the four walls is 1,900 meters.

The striking buildings within the palace complex reflect the spirit of each successive monarch and the era in which they ruled. While Thailand’s current (and longest-reigning) monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej has never lived in the Grand Palace, the complex is still used to mark ceremonial and auspicious happenings. Thailand tours packages

The Grand Palace is divided into three main zones: The Outer Court, the Middle Court and the Inner Court

The Grand Palace is divided into three main zones: The Outer Court, the Middle Court and the Inner Court

The Grand Palace is divided into three main zones: The Outer Court, home to royal offices, public buildings and the Temple of Emerald Buddha; the Middle Court, which is where the most important residential and state buildings are; and the Inner Court, which is exclusively reserved for the king, his queen and his consorts.

In the middle is the Central Court, where the residence of the king and the halls for conducting state business were located. You are allowed to look at the fronts of the buildings in the central court, but only two of the throne halls are open to the public, and only on weekdays.

Visitors should allow plenty of time to explore the Grand Palace and the temple complex as a number of treasures waiting to be explored

Visitors should allow plenty of time to explore the Grand Palace and the temple complex as a number of treasures waiting to be explored

Visitors should allow plenty of time to explore the Grand Palace and the temple complex as a number of treasures waiting to be explored. In addition to the palace itself, which is elaborately decorated and features impressive guardian statues, Wat Phra Kaew can also be found here. This is one of Bangkok’s most famous temples as it is home to the much celebrated Emerald Buddha statue.

Other highlights are Boromabiman Hall-the original residence of King Rama I, Amarinda Hall-the Hall of Justice, Grand Palace Hall / Chakri Maha Prasat-the spacious European style reception room and the impressive Dusit Hall, rated as perhaps the finest architectural building in this style.

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