Grand Palace, Bangkok

Without a doubt, dazzling the Grand Palace, is one of Bangkok's most famous icons. We saw Bangkok before we visited the Grand Palace, it can't be said that we understood Thai culture. Hosting the King of Thailand and his family for more than 150 years, one of the most beautiful examples of traditional Thai architecture Grand Palace, consists of over a hundred buildings and temples.

Grand Palace, one of the most impressive places in Bangkok, was used as the royal residence of Thailand until 1925. Inside the palace walls surrounded by 4 walls of 1,900 meters in length, the royal residence as well as government apartments, very impressive buildings and temples are located.

The palace is now used in the royal Thai funerals and weddings as well as important rituals of the Buddhist calendar. Today some of the buildings of the palace, which is partially open to the public as a museum, are still used as royal offices.

After the attack on Burma, with the collapsing of Ayutthaya, the capital was moved to Thonburi where located on the other side of the Chao Phraya River. In the period of Rama I the king of Siam in 1782, the construction of the Grand Palace was started with the decision to move the capital to Bangkok. In the beginning, the place consisting only a few palaces, today has an area of 218,400 square meters with a large number of buildings and temples added later.

The complex, one of Bangkok's most visited museums, consist of three parts; exterior, center and inner palace. Outer palace, the civil authorities which formerly the King was involved directly, hosted government units such as the army and treasury. On a side of this outer courtyard, Wat Phra Kaew where Emerald Buddha which dating back to the 14th century, the small but rather famous is located, is located.

Grand Palace ,alias Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is known as one of the most sacred temples which are highly respected in Thailand. We remind you that photographing is forbidden.

On the Central Palace which is the largest and most important place, halls that are used for the residence of the King and the execution of government affairs are located.  Although only two of the throne halls are open to the public, the details on the front of these impressive structures are a product of fine art.

The Inner Palace, was used as the place where the King's wives and daughters lived. Boys and women were staying in this section until puberty. Today, the inner fields are closed to the public. 

The dress code that should be followed during the visit to the Grand Palace is very strict. Clothes to cover the feet, legs and arms must be worn. Men have to wear long pants and even long-sleeved t-shirts. Women also have to wear a blouse and skirt or trousers that stretch as far as the knee.

It is not allowed to visit by being worn transparent clothes. Those who have no proper clothing, is directed to the clothing section at the entrance. When the clothes rented for 200 bahts (5.5$) are given back here, the money is returned.

Shoes that cover the feet are recommended. It is may not be allowed the visits by being made with sandals. Although we were with sandals, they allowed us. It is recommended that those who are with sandals must take along socks. It should not be forgotten that shoes should be removed when entering the temples.

The Grand Palace is open between 08.30-16.30 in the morning. The ticket sales are made until 15.30. It takes at least 3 hours to wander the palace complex. Grand Palace ticket costs are 400 bahts (11 $). You have to pay 200 baht (5.5 $) more for the audio guide.

It is recommended to visit on weekdays. On weekends, It is more crowded and part of the palace are used for royal ceremonies. 

Located in the Rattanakosin section called the Old City of Bangkok, with its magnificent glamor and charming architecture, Grand Palace stands out along with Wat Pho and Wat Arun as places to visit in Bangkok. The Golden Buddha Temple in the Chinatown district can also be added to the list. When your trip happens to pass Bangkok, absolutely visit it.

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