Grand Palace, Bangkok
About Grand Palace, Bangkok
Grand Palace, Bangkok - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: Na Phra Lan Rd, Maharaj Pier | next to Wat Phra Kaeo Temple Complex, Bangkok, Thailand
Ticket Price: 500 THB
Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
Timings: 08:30 am - 03:30 pm Details
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Both Wat Phra Kaew and Grand Palace are located in the same complex so you can combine your visit to the Grand Palace with that of the temple. The designs of Grand Palace are more of European style unlike Wat Pra Kaew. The Palace is used for various memorable occasions like weddings, events, special ceremonies, etc. Visitors are allowed in the European style reception room and few other sections inside the Palace. Every year, various state functions are held inside the Palace.
The Grand Palace is a compilation of various buildings, pavilion, huge open lawns, halls, rooms and much more. Once you visit this Palace, you will realize the grandeur of architectural style which is unique to this region. Grand Palace is regarded as the most highly recognized architectural Palace and landmark of tourism in Bangkok.
Grand Palace Information
- Dress code should be followed strictly.
- Parking is available near the Palace.
- Photography not allowed.
- Personal audio guide also provided at a rent of 100 Bht.
How To reach Grand Palace by Public Transport
- Taksin Station
Restaurants Near Grand Palace
- Supatra River house
- Sky Bar
- Gazebo Club & Restaurant
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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.
Getting the to the palace is super confusing. You have to follow the crowd for quite some time because the entrance to the Palace is in the opposite side of where we reach initially. Once you get inside the palace it's quite good. The architecture here is marvelous. The walls are beautifully crafted with artwork. The temple is decorated with Gold Everywhere. The palce is quite similar to the Buckingham Palace. You'll also see guards very similar to Buckingham Palace. Even though this place is super crowded I would recommend for people interested in the history of Thailand
It is a huge complex and it is so much crowded that we struggled to just enter inside. After 15 minutes of standing in queue we were finally able to make our way. Just near the entry there is a "Textiles museum" and it was stunning to see how the dressing of Thai royalty evolved. It was not that crowded. Next the best thing was the "Emerald Buddha temple". The entry again took time as we had to leave our shoes and queue. The statue was so beautiful but photography inside the temple was not allowed so we could not take any pictures. There are many statues and multiple colored structures which were astonishing but the weather was so hot and so seeing every thing is impossible. Finally the "Throne building" is so elegant. The entry is only on weekdays and this is the palace which has a Throne in the center of the Hall and king sits here while giving public audience. Near the exit there is a food and refreshment center where we bought some drinks, snacks and ice creams. It is better to go as early as possible and carry a water bottle for sure and do not forget to wear your sunglasses. It's a must see attraction in Bangkok despite all the scams you hear about it.
This place is well known for a strict dress code. Their country, their rules. But when I visited, I ended up acting as an impromptu interpreter between one of the guards and a prospective visitor. She was turned away for wearing full length jeans. The guard stated that jeans are fine for men, but not for women who should wear a skirt. Not cool, Thailand. I'm calling you out. Respect for your culture does not extend to tolerating sexism. While I was engaged in this conversation, many white women wearing jeans were allowed to enter. Not cool, Thailand. I'm calling you out. Respect for your culture does not extend to tolerating racism. In further discussion with the guard, she admitted to me that the reason she was turning away women in full length jeans was that she got a kick back from the skirt vendors outside. She seemed quite proud of this. Not cool, Thailand. I'm calling you out. Respect for your culture does not extend to tolerating corruption. So there you have it. Sexism, racism and corruption. And an extortionate entry fee, but only for foreigners. I suggest you skip this "attraction".
The palace itself is very nice to look at and kept in good condition. If you are going to make sure to bring lot trousers and a top that covers your shoulders. Note that the guards are very strict and will not let you in. This goes for both men and women! There are a couple of points that I'd like to stress: First, the Audioguide is of average quality and I like the general idea. My issue with the guide is that they charge you by time (90 minutes). This gave us a rather rushed feeling. Second, the place is really, really crowded. If your are unlucky a couple of buses with tourists arrive and taking nice pictures will prove very difficult.
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