In a city rife with magnificent temples and royal palaces, Bangkok’s Grand Palace still manages to glitter above the rest.
Built in 1782 and located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, it housed the King, his court and royal government until 1925. And while the magnificent grounds are still used for state functions and royal ceremonies today, for most visitors, the Grand Palace is the one must-see sight on their Bangkok travel itinerary.
And it’s no wonder. A huge complex full of dazzling architecture, intricate yellows, blues and greens, as well as statues both witty and threatening, a walk through the Grand Palace left us in total awe.
Visiting Bangkok’s Grand Palace
There’s a strict dress code to enter the grounds, because the Temple of the Emerald Buddha within the complex is considered Thailand’s most sacred site. Modest dress is required. No tank tops, see-through clothes or bare shoulders are accepted.
It you don’t have appropriate clothing, it’s still possible to visit, by borrowing clothes (sarong and shirt) at the booth near the entrance, free of charge. You’ll have to leave a deposit.
Be careful of the touts that linger around the area. It’s a common scam for them to tell you that the Grand Palace is closed for the day. Ignore them and continue onto the entrance to see for yourself.
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