The Grand Palace
A visit to Thailand is not complete without visiting The Grand Palace. It is a large building complex comprised of temples, courtyards and gardens. It can be found on the bank of the Chao Phraya River, in the center of Thailand. Not only did it house the Kings of Thailand from 1782 until 1925, but also serves the court and the government. Today, The Grand Palace does not house Thai Royalty, it is still used for official events and royal ceremonies. The notable Grand Palace is one of the leading tourist attractions in Bangkok!
At the order of King Phutthayotfa Chulalok, Rama I, in 1782, construction on the building complex began. Over the years, many buildings have been added to the complex. Today, it occupies over two million square feet!
It is easy to spend a day getting lost in the quarters of the Grand Palace. As soon as you enter, you are surrounded by temples, statues, intricate sculptures, vast mural walls and more. Do not miss the Outer Court, where you will find the Temple of Emerald Buddha. This is Thailand’s most Sacred Buddhist sculpture, carved from green jade and positioned among gold statues and fresco painted halls.
It is important to note that there is a strict dress code at the Grand Palace. Shoulders and knees must be covered, even in the Thai heat.