Grand Palace Bangkok is a well liked tourist spot among foreigners.
If talking about popular tourist attractions among foreigners in Bangkok, many people may think of “Grand Palace Bangkok”. It is regarded as a tourist spot that visitors from other countries must go to. It is situated in an accessible location with similarly attractive neighboring attractions for tourists to enjoy and has the original beauty that demonstrates the uniqueness of Thailand. As a result, this article will help you understand what Grand Palace Bangkok is, where it is, and what facts you should know about it. We will suggest tours that are reasonably priced and take you to see the Grand Palace in Bangkok.
What is Grand Palace Bangkok and where is it located?
Grand Palace Bangkok is the first royal palace in Bangkok that was built in 1782, or during the reign of King Rama I to be the residence of the King during the establishment of the Rattanakosin period. Grand Palace Bangkok has now become a historical tourist destination, the beauty of which both domestic and international tourists admire, that represents the uniqueness of Thailand. It is located on Phra Lan Road, Grand Palace Subdistrict, Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok.
With its location in the heart of the city, tourists can easily travel here. In the vicinity of Grand Palace Bangkok there are also other historical attractions to visit, such as the Royal Palace Area, Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall and Phra Thinang Dusit Maha Prasat. Each location is detailed as follows:
Royal Palace Area
The Royal Palace Area is the area within the Grand Palace Bangkok used for the residence and administration of the King. The Royal Palace Area can be divided into three parts:
- Inner Royal Palace Area: It is the area south of the Grand Palace. There were no windows or openings of any kind as it was only for the queen, daughter, female royalty or female retinue. It was a restricted area for outsiders, especially men except the King, unhaired sons and boys under ten years of age.
- Middle Royal Palace Area: It is the central area of the Grand Palace and is the residence of the King as well as the area used for various important ceremonies.
- Outer Royal Palace Area: It is the area to the northeast and beyond the inner walls of the Grand Palace. This area is an open area that visitors can visit every day.
Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall
The Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall is located within the Grand Palace Bangkok and stands out from the others because the Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall combines Thai and European architecture. The building of the Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall is in a European architectural style. As for the roof, it is Thai style architecture, making the Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall uniquely beautiful, which is the origin of the name which means, “a Farang (Western) lady clothed in Victorian costume while wearing a Thai crown.”
Phra Thinang Dusit Maha Prasat
Phra Thinang Dusit Maha Prasat is a throne located within the Grand Palace Bangkok, in the middle portion of the royal palace, west of the Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall. Phra Thinang Dusit Maha Prasat is the only authentic Thai-style throne hall and is regarded as the finest architecture of the Rattanakosin period. It is another part of the Royal Palace that is open to tourists, like the Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall.
What you should know about Bangkok’s Grand Palace ?
For tourists who want to visit Grand Palace Bangkok, they should know the basics of Grand Palace Bangkok in order to prepare and act properly. Here are some facts about Grand Palace Bangkok that tourists should know:
- Opening hours: Open daily from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
- Admission fee : Thais – Free / Foreigners – 350 baht
- Attire : No shorts or short skirts / No sleeveless shirts or tank tops / No tight or light clothing.
How should I arrange if I wish to visit Bangkok’s Grand Palace in just one day?
You can use the service SawasdeeTukTuk through the Bangkok City and Temple Tour program. This service will start by picking up tourists from hotels to take them to Grand Palace Bangkok, Wat Phra Chetuphon (Wat Pho) and Wat Arun Ratchawararam, including an English speaking tour guidetaking them to have lunch at a Thai restaurant from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for only 3,790 baht.