The spectacular Grand Palace in Bangkok is definitely a must see when visiting Thailand. It is without a doubt, the city’s most iconic landmark. The palace, which was built in 1782, served as home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government for 150 years. It also contained the Thai war ministry as well as the state departments. This complex of buildings in the heart of the Thai capital, Bangkok is now known as the spiritual center of Thailand. The king, his court and his royal government were based in The Grand Palace up until 1925 and although the current Thai King does not live there anymore, the palace is still used for all official events and ceremonies.
The amazing architecture of the palace and the incredible details fused within its walls, ceilings and every corner pay tribute to the originality and creativity of Thai builders and remains an inspiration to all visitors from across the globe. The Grand Palace composes of several extraordinary buildings and is mainly divided into four main courts which are separated by many walls and gates: the Outer Court, the Middle Court, the Inner Court and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which contains the small yet iconic and very esteemed Emerald Buddha carved from a single block of jade and dating back to the 15th century. The Buddha’s robes are changed according to season by His Majesty the King of Thailand, which is regarded as a very important ritual in the Buddhist religious calendar.
Today, the palace is used for significant ceremonial occasions like coronations. The antique throne used in the old days is also present in the Grand Palace and is not to be missed when visiting. Visitors are allowed inside the spacious European style reception room or Grand Palace Hall. You also have to visit the astonishing Dusit Hall, rated as one of the finest architectural buildings in its category and the museum which provides information on the restoration of the Grand Palace and several Buddha images.
When visiting the palace you must observe decency in your attire because strict dress code applies. The Grand Palace with The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is Thailand’s most sacred site; therefore visitors and tourists must be properly dressed at all times in order to be admitted into the temple. Men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves and no sandals. Women must also be modestly dressed.
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