The Beautiful Temple of Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaew in Thailand

The Beautiful Temple of Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaew in Thailand

Adorned with beautiful architecture, intricate details further glorifying the detailed heritage of this stunning country, The Grand Palace is an elegant and spectacular tourist place in Bangkok, which is also home to Thai King and serves as the Royal Court and the administrative seat of government.

The walls of the Grand Palace also depicts the Thai war ministry and state departments. Even after 150 years, the monument is the spiritual heart of the Thai kingdom. Located within the grounds of the Grand Palace is the Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of Emerald Buddha, which is the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand.

The temple enshrines the Emerald Buddha image carefully carved from the single block of jade. It is one of the most famous places to visit in Bangkok.

Housed in a fantastically decorated bòht (ordination hall), the Emerald Buddha is the temple’s primary attraction.Except for an anteroom here and there, the buildings of the Grand Palace are now put to use by the king only for certain ceremonial occasions, such as Coronation Day, and are largely off limits to visitors. Formerly, Thai kings housed their huge harems in the inner palace area, which was guarded by combat-trained female sentries.

Outer palace buildings that visitors can view include Borombhiman Hall, a French-inspired structure that served as a residence for Rama VI (King Vajiravudh; r 1910–25). The building to the west is Amarindra Hall (open from Monday to Friday), originally a hall of justice, more recently used for coronation ceremonies, and the only palace building that tourists are generally allowed to enter. The largest of the palace buildings is the Chakri Mahaprasat, the Grand Palace Hall. Last is the Ratanakosin-style Dusit Hall, which initially served as a venue for royal audiences and later as a royal funerary hall.

Guides can be hired at the ticket kiosk; ignore offers from anyone outside. An audio guide can be rented for 200B for two hours.Admission for the complex includes entrance to Dusit Palace Park, which includes Vimanmek Teak Mansion and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall.

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