The Grand Palace, the most wonderful place with the history of Bangkok founding
After walking out from the Temple of The Emerald Buddha, we will be in the compound of The Grand Palace, divided to three zones. Tourists are allowed to visit only the middle and outer court section. The Grand Palace has been built as the main palace by King Rama I and to be the residence for him and his royal family since around 230 years ago at the time of Bangkok founding. It has served as the official residence for the king since 1782.Today, The king and his royal family are staying in other palaces outside this area while The Grand Palace becomes the place reserved for only royal ceremonies performing.
From the main exit of the temple area, on the left hand side, Borombhiman mansion is located. Tourists are not allowed to see inside. This place was the accommodation for Queen Elizabeth the second of United Kingdom when she visited Thailand lately. Definitely, this mansion now becomes the place for the royal guests.You will be surprise by finding that the western building was located in the Thai palace compound.
Then, the group of Thai style building in front of you is called the complex of the grand residence.There are three large throne hall connected together.Of course, they were the place for king residence and his royal family. Each throne hall have its own function such as royal bed chamber, living room and reception room which is the Amarintravinijchai throne hall, the only one that tourists are allowed to access.
Walking straight along the street after getting out from the temple, Chakri Mahaprasart throne hall is on the left. Built by King Rama V, it is the mixed architectural style between Thai and European. At the ground floor, it is the gallery of the old weapon and office of the royal guard. Moreover, tourists will be able to see the perfect shift hand over of the soldier guards.On the first floor, there was a main chamber for organizing the state banquet especially when there was a royal guests.
After seeing this magnificent mixed style of architecture of this throne hall, Dusit Mahaprasart throne hall is the next spot. This is the best example of Thai traditional architecture, built by King Rama I as the throne hall for his royal duty, for around 230 years ago. In the present, king and his royal family used this place for royal ceremony and also for royal state lying in ceremony. The death body of royal family would be kept here before be taken to funeral.
The magnificent of architectural design in the Wat Phra Kaew and Grand Palace can make you impressed. However, this area of Bangkok will have more place wating for everyone to discover.
Opening: 8.30- 15.30 Everyday
Ticket 350 Baht including Vimanmek mansion entrance