The Grand Palace complex in Bangkok Thailand is located in central Bangkok and was established in 1782 by King Rama I. The 218,000 square meters (2,346,532 square feet) complex is completely walled and includes the palace, temples and administrative offices. Link here for the official Grand Palace website.
Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram in Thai or Wat Phra Kaew the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is located at the Grand Palace as is Phra Ubosot or The Chapel of the Emerald Buddha. Built in 1782 by King Rama I it is a temple built in the Ayudhaya style of Thai Architecture and covered in gold and mosaics.
The Emerald Buddha is the most important Buddha image in Thailand. The Buddha was carved in the 15th century from a single block of jasper. The image itself is just over 2 feet tall and 1.5 feet wide and is in the seated position of meditation. It is on a tall dais and surrounded by gold decorations. I do not have any pictures as it is strictly forbidden to take photos inside this temple. However, I do have to say that there is a dizzying array of gold.
The grand palace complex is ornately decorated with more gold than can be imagined. It is a stunningly opulent place to visit. #grandpalacebangkok
Some Practical Information
Hours and Location– The Grand Palace is located in Central Bangkok at Na Phra Lan Road, Phra Nakhon District (Rattanakosin) and is Open Every day from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Tickets-You can purchase tickets for the Grand Palace including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha at the ticket office inside the Grand Palace. 500 baht for foreign tourists and free to visit for Thai people. If you are on a tour the ticket is sometimes included in your tour price so be sure to check.
Dress Code-Strictly enforced. If you are not dressed appropriately they will send you (on-site) to purchase items that will bring you into compliance. Pants 200 Bhat and 180 Bhat for a Sarong. (you will see in some of my photos that both Jeff and I needed to purchase these items)
Please dress modestly when entering the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha. which the Royal Palace strictly checks the dress of the visitors So please make sure you don’t wear the following clothes.
• sleeveless shirt
• Short or tight shirt
• thin pants
• torn pants
• tight pants
• bicycle pants
• short skirt
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