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The Grand Palace (Thai: พระบรมมหาราชวัง, rtgs: Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang) is a complex of buildings at the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. The palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) since 1782. The king, his court and his royal government were based on the grounds of the palace until 1925. King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), resided at Chitralada Royal Villa in the Dusit Palace, but the Grand Palace is still used for official events. Several royal ceremonies and state functions are held within the walls of the palace every year. The palace is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand. Construction of the palace began on May 6, 1782, at the order of King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (Rama I), the founder of the Chakri Dynasty, when he moved the capital city from Thonburi to Bangkok. Throughout successive reigns, many new buildings and structures were added, especially during the reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V). By 1925, the king, the Royal Family and the government were no longer permanently settled at the palace, and had moved to other residences. After the abolition of absolute monarchy in 1932, all government agencies completely moved out of the palace. In shape, the palace complex is roughly rectangular and has a combined area of 218,400 square metres (2,351,000 sq ft), surrounded by four walls. It is situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River at the heart of the Rattanakosin Island, today in the Phra Nakhon District. The Grand Palace is bordered by Sanam Luang and Na Phra Lan Road to the north, Maharaj Road to the west, Sanamchai Road to the east and Thai Wang Road to the south. Rather than being a single structure, the Grand Palace is made up of numerous buildings, halls, pavilions set around open lawns, gardens and courtyards. Its asymmetry and eclectic styles are due to its organic development, with additions and rebuilding being made by successive reigning kings over 200 years of history. It is divided into several quarters: the Temple of the Emerald Buddha; the Outer Court, with many public buildings; the Middle Court, including the Phra Maha Monthien Buildings, the Phra Maha Prasat Buildings and the Chakri Maha Prasat Buildings; the Inner Court and the Siwalai Gardens quarter. The Grand Palace is currently partially open to the public as a museum, but it remains a working palace, with several royal offices still situated inside.


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  • Disgusting. I ordered a chicken birds nest with vegetables and cashews, which arrived with no vegetables apart from loads of onion, and the noodles were stale. The only thing edible on it was the chicken. I could not finish the meal. The spring rolls were also horrible - not fresh at all. Same with the fried rice. This is the second and last time I'll be eating at this "restaurant". If I could give no stars, I would. Do not eat here. Not to mention the place feels filthy.

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  • Food was lovely. Service not great but certainly didn't take away from our enjoyment of the meal. Male staff very well presented, but girls not so well dressed. Had to remind them to bring our drinks but would definitely come again.

  • The food was excellent however the table service was very ordinary.

  • It was terrible experience I'll be demanding a refund tomorrow and won't back down! Don't ever go to this grotty place!!. my wife and kids get sick from the food , my kids told me McDonald's is better from this Restaurant. advice NEVER GO TO THIS Restaurant front counter she looks like they don't want to do business so so rude.

  • Sizzling chicken and sweet and sour pork were amazing. Special fried rice was super fresh and perfect! If you want actual authentic chinese food were nothing else matters, this is the place

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