The Grand Palace is a must-see in Bangkok, but you should be ready for tons of tourists. This impressive complex of buildings is unquestionably the most famous landmarks in Bangkok and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand. For 150 years the palace was home to the King and the entire government. Thai Kings stopped living in the palace full time until 1925. The complex also includes the Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha; the most famous temple in Thailand.
Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat in the Grand Palace was completed in 1882. The architecture is a mix of Thai and European style.
Wat Phra Kaew (The Temple of the Emerald Buddha) is the most famous temple in Thailand.
The chapel where the Emerald Buddha is kept. The Emerald Buddha is a Buddha statue in the meditating position, dating from the 15th century. You’re not allowed to take photos inside, and only the King is allowed to touch the Emerald Buddha.
The Phra Mondop (a sort of library) is never open to the public.
To enter the palace you need to wear long pants and a top that fully covers your shoulders. If you’re wearing sandals, you must wear socks. If you show up improperly dressed, the palace offers a clothes rental service near the entrance. (Yeah, I had to borrow clothes.)
Soldiers of the Royal Guards at the palace.
The Grand Palace from outside.
Opening hours: Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Entrance fee: 500 Baht, inclusive of access to Wat Phra Kaew, Vimanmek Mansion and some other sights around Bangkok (the exact list varies from time to time) that can be used within seven days.