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Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaew

For just about 150 years, Bangkok's Grand Palace was not only the home of the King and his court, but also the entire administrative seat of government. Within the crenelated walls were the country\'s war ministry, state departments, and even the mint. Thai Kings stopped living in the palace full time around the turn of the twentieth century, but the complex remains the seat of power and spiritual heart of the Thai kingdom.

The palace complex, like the rest of Ratanakosin Island, is laid out following the general outline of Ayutthaya palaces. The Outer Court, near where you enter the complex today, housed the government departments in which the king was directly involved, such as civil administration, including the army, and the treasury. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha takes up one corner of the complex next to the outer court.

In the middle is the Central Court, where the residence of the king and the halls for conducting state business were located. You are allowed to look at the fronts of the buildings in the central court, but only two of the throne halls are open to the public, and only on weekdays.

Behind the central court was the inner court. This was where the king's royal consorts and daughters lived. The inner court was like a small city entirely populated by women and boys under the age of puberty. Even though no royalty currently reside in the inner court, it is still completely closed off to the public.

Whether you take a guided tour or not, the route through the palace complex is more or less fixed. This guide provides a step-by-step tour of the temple and palace buildings. Start with the buildings of the outer court.

Open: Daily 8.30 am - 3.30 pm
Admission Fee: Foreigner 350 Baht for both the palace and the temple

Getting There:

Only one easy way for go there Taxi or Tuk Tuk, you can also take BTS Skytrain until Saphan Taksin Station and take a ferry boat for the Grand Palace
but when you go out from there it\'s very difficult to find taxi want put meter


Na Phra Lan Road, Palace Road,
Bangkok 10200 Thailand
Phone: +66 2 224 3290

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