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The Grand Palace, Bangkok

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Explore the famous complex of ornate buildings at The Grand Palace, a gem in the country's architectural and political heritage. Established in 1782, the palace grounds have been added to over the centuries with eclectically designed buildings, halls, and pavilions. The official home of Thai monarchs until the abolishment of the absolute monarchy in 1932, the site remains open to visitors, with its well-maintained grounds and monumental architecture providing great photo ops and an immersive cultural experience. To visit The Grand Palace and get the most from your holiday in Bangkok, create itinerary details personal to you using our Bangkok road trip app .
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  • Before visiting Bangkok, we determined to cover this gloriously must-see Grand Palace, including the temple of Emerald. We just wanted to witness and explore the spectacular and interesting residence ...  more »
  • very impressive building, nice and clean. we around the perimeter and was very impressed. be ready to battle the pathways with a lot of tourists.  more »
  • I recommend to see this tourist attraction. Pick on her but at least three hours of her visit had full impressions.
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  • Awesome place to visit. Definitely a must see the first time you visit Bangkok. We were told that due to it being some sort of holiday the Grand Palace would be free. However on arrival we discovered you had to pay. It was pretty busy so we were suspicious and believed that this was a ploy to get them in the door. Anyway it was definitely worth the money. Be prepared for large crowds especially on holidays. Be prepared to spend a few hours roaming the grounds!
  • Architecturally gorgeous with so many intricate designs and paintings throughout the entire place. Totally worth seeing, particularly if you haven't been to other temples in Thailand. Be aware there's a strict dress code to get in and if you're a lady then it's going to be confusingly strict for you. Some women were turned away while others wearing the exact same thing were allowed in. Chinese tour bus groups is why I have to go for 3 stars. Be prepared to throw some elbows, get pushed and shoved, have an impossible time taking any pictures due to a complete lack of awareness or respect and of course hear tons of shouting across the palace in an area that's supposed to be semi peaceful and quiet. Good luck everybody.
  • The intricate details on architecture is mind boggling. How did they put all those small intricate design? Just spectacular! A must visit! Just a piece of advice: we went there on a Friday and it was extremely busy! Not sure if it is the same on other days. Be careful with your belongings as my brother encountered a pickpocket who already unzipped his body bag, which he just fleetingly moved behind him to take a picture. Saw the same pickpocket at Chatuchak weekend market the following day (what are the odds?). Be extra careful!
  • The first time I visited this place in 2011, there were a lot of other tourists this being one of the top sightseeing destination in Bangkok. But the place was large enough to still find spots where you can marvel at the architecture and the art works in relative quiet. This time in 2017, I was disappointed at how crowded the place was. There were busloads of Chinese tourists who were noisy! I do not understand why they have to talk in loud voices even in areas where you are supposed to be respectful and be quiet. They would walk infront of you while you take photos and not even bother to say excuse me or sorry. Other nationalities would politely stop walking until you take your shot or let them know they can pass. I also saw some of them taking photos where there are signs that prohibit taking photos, like with the palace guards. I'm still giving this a 5 star. It's still a great place to visit and it's not the place's fault that it's overrun with Chinese tourists.
  • Amazing place with rich history behind it! A must visit if you are in Bangkok. No words to describe how truly stunning the temples and buildings are within the Grand Palace compound. The place is an interesting site to admire the beautiful architectures, although the vast crowds of sightseers along with the intense heat, but it can challenge for the visit. Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is regarded as the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. It enshrines a highly revered Buddha image carved from a single block of jade and is located in the historic center of Bangkok, within the ground of the Grand Palace. The walls of the cloister are excellent with murals showing scenes from the Ramakian/ Thai version of the Ramayana. Today, the complex remains the spiritual heart of the Thai Kingdom. The architecture is fascinating and intricate detailing throughout is absolutely amazing and will take your breath away. Please wear proper attire (no sleeveless, no shorts, no sandals)

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