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The Grand Palace, {CATEGORY}

The spectacular Grand Palace is an example of great architecture and the one of the best in of Bangkok's impressive collection of temples and palaces. Although the Royal Family no longer resides here, the Palace is still used for ceremonial purposes, and most of it remains closed to the public; however, the four main buildings are incorporated in the grounds of the glittering Wat Phra Keo and must be visited to experience their brilliant, diverse styles. Appropriate dress code required.

Practical Information

Address: Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phraborom Maha Ratchawang 10500

City: Bangkok

Country: Thailand

Phone 1: +6 622 257 615

Opening hours: Daily 8:30am-3:30pm

Entrance fee: Admission 250B (US$7.10/£3.85). Price includes Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew, and the Coin Pavilion inside the Grand Palace grounds, as well as admission to the Vimanmek Palace (in Dusit Park)

Access by boat: Take the Chao Phraya Express Boat to the pier called Tha Chang, then walk due east, and then south

Hotels nearby

260 yd - Royal Hotel

Royal Hotel is perfectly located for both business and leisure guests in Bangkok. The hotel has everything you need for a comfortable stay. All the necessary facilities, including 24hr room service, tRead moreours, salon, meeting facilities, shops, are at hand. Relax in your comfortable guestroom, featuring television, bathtub, satellite/cable TV, mini bar, air conditioning. The hotel offers various recreational opportunities. Royal Hotel combines warm hospitality with a lovely ambiance to make your stay in Bangkok unforgettable.Hide

269 yd - Baan Boran

Set in a prime location of Bangkok, Baanboran puts everything the city has to offer just outside your doorstep. Both business travelers and tourists can enjoy the hotel's facilities and services. TakeRead more advantage of the hotel's Wi-Fi in public areas, restaurant, coffee shop. Designed and decorated to make guests feel right at home, each room comes with internet access – wireless, non smoking rooms, shared bathroom, shower, desk. The hotel offers various recreational opportunities. Convenience and comfort makes Baanboran the perfect choice for your stay in Bangkok.Hide

269 yd - Boonsiri Place Hotel

5 minutes by car distance from the center, this hotel is located at Boonsiri place hotel 55 Buranasat Rd Pranakorn, in the west section of Bangkok, which is ideal to discover the city.More of a FamilyRead more establishment, this three star hotel is located in Bangkok. Several amenities, notably n.a. are available at the hotel.You can reach Bangkok in 45 minutes by car (the airport is 14 miles from the hotel).Hide

295 yd - Boonsiri Place Bangkok Hotel

Boonsiri Place Bangkok Hotel is conveniently located in the popular Khaosan / Grand Palace area. Offering a variety of facilities and services, the hotel provides all you need for a good night's sleepRead more. Service-minded staff will welcome and guide you at the Boonsiri Place Bangkok Hotel. The well-appointed guestrooms feature non smoking rooms, television, hair dryer, bathtub, shower. The hotel offers various recreational opportunities. Convenience and comfort makes Boonsiri Place Bangkok Hotel the perfect choice for your stay in Bangkok.Hide

390 yd - The Warehouse Bangkok

Set in a prime location of Bangkok, The Warehouse Bangkok puts everything the city has to offer just outside your doorstep. Both business travelers and tourists can enjoy the hotel's facilities and seRead morervices. Take advantage of the hotel's Wi-Fi in public areas, tours, car park, elevator, coffee shop. The well-appointed guestrooms feature internet access – wireless (complimentary), hair dryer, air conditioning, desk, balcony/terrace. The hotel offers various recreational opportunities. For reliable service and professional staff, The Warehouse Bangkok caters to your needs.Hide

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The Grand Palace, {CATEGORY}

The number-one destination in Bangkok is also one of the most imposing and visually fascinating. Though it's seen by thousands of tourists - who arrive at the gates in busloads - its immensity still dwarfs the throngs. After passing muster with the fashion police at the main gate (rules are inconsistently enforced, but many have been turned away for inappropriate dress), and queuing at the turnstiles for your ticket (keep it safe for admission to other sites), you'll be directed to the temple entrance on the left of the kiosk. There, you'll come to the Wat Phra Kaew, one of the highlights of a visit here. As you leave the temple cloisters and move into the grounds of the Grand Palace, it's easy to see that the buildings here were greatly influenced by Western architecture, including Italian, French, and British motifs. The royal family moved from this royal residence to the nearby Chitlada Palace after the death of King Ananda in 1946. As you enter the main gate, built in the 1780s, you'll see the Pavilion for Holy Water, where priests swore loyalty to the royal family and purified themselves with water from Thailand's four main rivers. Nearby is the Chakri Mahaprasad, The Grand Palace Hall, built by British architects as a royal residence for Rama IV to commemorate the centennial of the Chakri dynasty, it features an unusually florid mix of Italian and Thai influences. The Thai temple-style roof rests physically (and symbolically) on top of an otherwise European building. The whitewashed stone building nearby now serves as the Funeral Hall, though it was originally the residence of Rama I and Rama II. The corpse of a deceased royal figure is kept in this building for a year before it is cremated. On each of the four corners of the roof is a garuda (the half-human, half-bird steed of the God Rama, an avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu). The garuda symbolizes the king, who is considered a reincarnation of King Rama. The Grand Palace also has an enclosure called the Forbidden Quarters where the wives of previous monarchs lived, no one other than the king was allowed to enter. When HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej came to the throne in 1946, this age-old tradition died out, though Thai culture has been slow to follow. Adjoining is the Amarindra Hall built by Rama I, which underwent subsequent restorations under later kings. Today, this splendid building is used for royal coronations, weddings, and lavish state events. If you arrive at 8:30am when the gates first open, you may have the place virtually to yourself, also remember that it closes at 3:30pm, so don't show up any later than 2:00pm.

The Grand Palace, {CATEGORY}

The number-one destination in Bangkok is also one of the most imposing and visually fascinating. Though it's seen by thousands of tourists - who arrive at the gates in busloads - its immensity still dwarfs the throngs. After passing muster with the fashion police at the main gate (rules are inconsistently enforced, but many have been turned away for inappropriate dress), and queuing at the turnstiles for your ticket (keep it safe for admission to other sites), you'll be directed to the temple entrance on the left of the kiosk. There, you'll come to the Wat Phra Kaew, one of the highlights of a visit here. As you leave the temple cloisters and move into the grounds of the Grand Palace, it's easy to see that the buildings here were greatly influenced by Western architecture, including Italian, French, and British motifs. The royal family moved from this royal residence to the nearby Chitlada Palace after the death of King Ananda in 1946. As you enter the main gate, built in the 1780s, you'll see the Pavilion for Holy Water, where priests swore loyalty to the royal family and purified themselves with water from Thailand's four main rivers. Nearby is the Chakri Mahaprasad, The Grand Palace Hall, built by British architects as a royal residence for Rama IV to commemorate the centennial of the Chakri dynasty, it features an unusually florid mix of Italian and Thai influences. The Thai temple-style roof rests physically (and symbolically) on top of an otherwise European building. The whitewashed stone building nearby now serves as the Funeral Hall, though it was originally the residence of Rama I and Rama II. The corpse of a deceased royal figure is kept in this building for a year before it is cremated. On each of the four corners of the roof is a garuda (the half-human, half-bird steed of the God Rama, an avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu). The garuda symbolizes the king, who is considered a reincarnation of King Rama. The Grand Palace also has an enclosure called the Forbidden Quarters where the wives of previous monarchs lived, no one other than the king was allowed to enter. When HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej came to the throne in 1946, this age-old tradition died out, though Thai culture has been slow to follow. Adjoining is the Amarindra Hall built by Rama I, which underwent subsequent restorations under later kings. Today, this splendid building is used for royal coronations, weddings, and lavish state events. If you arrive at 8:30am when the gates first open, you may have the place virtually to yourself, also remember that it closes at 3:30pm, so don't show up any later than 2:00pm.

The Grand Palace, {CATEGORY}

The spectacular Grand Palace is an example of great architecture and the one of the best in of Bangkok's impressive collection of temples and palaces. Although the Royal Family no longer resides here, the Palace is still used for ceremonial purposes, and most of it remains closed to the public; however, the four main buildings are incorporated in the grounds of the glittering Wat Phra Keo and must be visited to experience their brilliant, diverse styles. Appropriate dress code required.

The Grand Palace, {CATEGORY}

The spectacular Grand Palace is an example of great architecture and the one of the best in of Bangkok's impressive collection of temples and palaces. Although the Royal Family no longer resides here, the Palace is still used for ceremonial purposes, and most of it remains closed to the public; however, the four main buildings are incorporated in the grounds of the glittering Wat Phra Keo and must be visited to experience their brilliant, diverse styles. Appropriate dress code required.

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