To build the city walls and public buildings, hundreds of boats carried bricks and rubble from the ruins of Ayutthaya. The most important structure of the new city at that time (and now) was the Grand Palace (1), where King Rama I took residence.
Structures built alongside the Grand Palace were temples and other sites for worship, as well as official buildings. As the Royal Chapel, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaeo (2) occupies one corner of the Grand Palace complex. It houses the Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand. There is a strict dress code for visitors to the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Thailand’s most sacred site.
Since the founding of Bangkok, the Grand Palace has been the major architectural symbol of the Thai Royal Family. For about 150 years, the Grand Palace was not only the official residence of the King but also the entire administrative seat of government. In the reign of King Rama V, the royal residence of the kings was relocated to Dusit Palace. Now the grand palace hosts royal ceremonies and state receptions.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08.30 hrs - 15.30 hrs.
Admission Fee : Free of charge for Thais and
500 baht for foreigners (including Vimanmek Mansion).
For more information, call : 0 2623 5500 Ext. 3100 How to Get There : Take the Silom Line and get off at Saphan Taksin Station (or S6 Station) and go out through Exit No. 2. Then, take the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Ta Chang Pier (No.9). A 5-10 minute walk will bring you to the entrance gate of the Grand Palace. Website : http://www.palaces.thai.net/vt/vtgp/