The Grand Palace – History / Bangkok

The Grand Palace in Bangkok is one of the most important and popular tourist destination Bangkok. It is a complex of beautiful, marvelous structures, including palaces which accommodated and served Thai kings until 1925, along with the most significant and sacred temple in Thailand – Wat Phra Kaew (the emerald Buddha temple). It is a must-see site that you just have to visit once you’re in Bangkok!!

The Grand palace or in its Thai name – Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang – is a large complex which contains more than 100 structures stretching over a 200,000 sqm, surrounded by a wall whose total length is 1,900 meters.

King Rama I was the one who started building the palace back in 1782. The king, who established the Chakry Dynasty, moved the capital of Thailand from Thonburi area, to the other side of  the river – Bangkok; specifically, the capital was moved to an island called Rattanakosin, which was created by digging an artificial tunnel that shortens a curve in the Chao Phraya river.

The Grand Palace was planned according to the same sketch that inspired the king’s palace in Ayutthaya – Thailand’s former capital which was conquered and ruined by the Burmese and neglected afterwards.

Following the king’s order – the bricks for the king’s palace were brought from Ayutthaya on rafts, which sailed through the Chao Phraya river. Many other buildings were added to the palace complex throughout a period of 200 years, mostly by king Rama V.

Between 1782 – 1932, during the times of absolute kingship in Thailand, the Grand Palace area was a city within a city, which featured the administrative and religious center of Thailand. This is the place where Thai kings and royal family members lived; this is where the government resided and thousands of people lead their lives – ministers, officials, advisers, guards and their families.

In the early years of the 20th century, further palaces were built here (Dusit Palace and Phaya Thai Palace) and the royal family members started to live there. The move of all royals was completed in 1925, and from then on, the royal family no longer lived in the Grand Palace, yet parts of its complex host different rituals carried out by the royal public that are not open to the public.

In conclusion: A must-see site that you just have to visit during your stay in Bangkok!! Those who are interested in culture, art and history can spend days exploring the place, but for general impression purposes, a 1-2-hour visit should do the work.

Opening hours: every day from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, but you may purchase entrance tickets until 3:30 PM (for 500 baht)

Dress code: when visiting the Grand Palace, you must dress appropriately – short/long sleeve shirts (as long as the shoulders are covered) and pants/skirts/dresses that cover your knees (or longer outfits).The Grand Palace in Bangkok is one of the most important and popular Tourist destination Bangkok. It is a complex of beautiful, marvelous structures,

A word of warning: The Grand palace area is surrounded by swindlers and tricksters who will approach you and tell you that the Grand Palace is closed today (from whatever reason). Instead, they will offer you a tour elsewhere. Simply ignore them!

My opinion: a very impressive place – don’t miss it when visiting Bangkok.

♥ A visit to the Grand Palace is included in Tiptop Travel private luxury tour plans