Grand Royal Palace

+6626235500
Na Phra Lan Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon

Price: 500 THB
Working hours: from 8.30 to 15.30

There is no doubt at all that the Grand Royal Palace is Bangkok’s most famous sight and the center of the tourist pilgrimage. It is a huge complex of stunning buildings, which are situated on the bank of the river in capital’s historical center. Visiting it is comparable to being in the fairy-tale world of ancient Siam: multi-levelled tiled roofs, mosaic pagodas that glance against the sun, colorful stained-glass windows and sculptures of mythical animals, serve to create a truly magical atmosphere.

The palace’s history can be traced back to 1782, when the King Rama I decided to move the Kingdom’s capital to Bangkok and ordered the building of a residence that would induce awe with its majesty and luxury, there. The new palace’s structure resembled its predecessor – the old royal residence, situated in Siam’s former capital Ayutthaya – in many respects. Initially, the palatial complex consisted of wooden buildings, which were later replaced with structures made from stone. Each subsequent ruler of Thailand left his own new buildings, which served a variety of purposes, behind. As a result, the ensemble grew to imposing size and is now protected by a white-stone wall, which is almost two kilometers long.

The main entrance to the Grand Royal Palace is guarded by six-meter-high sculptures of demons, each of which are depicted with a beast’s head and human body. They also hold wide swords in their hands. In addition to the royal apartments, the complex includes administrative agencies, throne rooms, reception and audience halls, and rooms for private meetings. There are many galleries, whose walls are covered with an array frescos depicting scenes from the life of the King Rama I and illustrating the history of Thailand, on the palace’s premises. In addition to this, the complex of the Grand Royal Palace includes several amazingly beautiful and very important temples. The most famous of them all is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

Since the mid-20th century, the King of Thailand has not lived in the Grand Palace; now the complex’s buildings are used for state banquets and annual royal ceremonies. As parts of it are still operational, certain areas of the palace are not open for tourists’ visits. However, guests can still see several mansions and temples, thrones and some other halls, stupas and museums.

Important! Visitors in shoes with open heels, shorts, short skirts or shirts with open shoulders are not allowed into the Grand Royal Palace. There is a clothes renting point for those whose appearance doesn’t meet the requirements at the entrance.

Getting there. Get to the metro station Saphan Taksin and then walk to the Sathorn pier. Take a cutter (departures are every 20 minutes) from there to the Tha Chang pier, which is situated near the Grand Royal Palace.

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Christian

Make sure to get there REALLY early to avoid the millions (and millions and millions) of bus tourists.

15.05.2018  
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Chris

Get there early and make sure both males and females are covered up or they won’t let you in. 500 THB entry. Use river boat to get there as cheap (15THB). Impressive and definitely worth the visit.

07.04.2018  
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Marina

Crowded but beautiful

04.04.2018  
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Behnam

Must be seen, ladies shall have covered cloths. 500 bht entrance fee. Be noted it has two other tickets attached. Make sire to use them as well

30.03.2018  
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William

better bring 3 bottles of water

24.02.2018  
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Geoff

Note: closes at 4pm! But they sell tickets until 3:30. Costs 500 baht pp. Best to come early.

18.02.2018  
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Cass

Definitely try to follow the map if you can. We managed to get lost three times and if you follow the map (provided in many languages) then you can know what each place means. Wear long pants & shirt.

13.02.2018  
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El

Es EL imperdible de Bangkok, hermosa arquitectura, vistas, historia. Tienes que venir si estás en la ciudad.

26.01.2018  
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Ivgen

Народу тьма.

21.01.2018  
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Drewski

Crowded but amazing photo opportunities abound.

01.01.2018  
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christina

Beautiful! Pricey entrance ticket.

30.12.2017  
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Luis

The amount of people here is just insane. The place is beautiful though.

25.12.2017  
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Jenny

Stunning! Come early, the place gets too crowded around 12pm. They offer free tours at 10am, 10:30, 1pm, 1:30pm after you enter the palace. Would definitely try that if I had known that they’re free!

21.12.2017  
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Nantawan

มาชมพระเมรุมาศนายหลวงรัชกาลที่9

14.11.2017  
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Anastasiya

Beautiful but crowds of tourists make a big noise so it’s difficult to concentrate and just enjoy...

09.11.2017  
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Pornrapee

Most beutifull Royal Palace of Thailand and showing the unique Rattanakosin Architect and building Art Works. A must place to visit and with Temple of the Emerald Buddha with in the same Compound.

30.10.2017  
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peters

กราบพระบรมศพ

22.10.2017  
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Sahand

Holly place with positive emotions

19.10.2017  
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Rasim

Ogle arasi kapali degil. Lavugun biri selamun aleykum ile olaya girdi ve hemen tuktuk geldi. Guvenmeyin bu tarz kisilere

11.09.2017  
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Richthichai

ครั้งหนึ่งในชีวิตที่ได้มา

27.08.2017  
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