Grand Palace

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Thanon Na Phra Lan, Bangkok, Thailand

Grand Palace Bangkok Reviews

Bojasem Bojasem
205 reviews
amazing place Jun 25, 2014
This palace is beautiful. Be careful to cover up your shoulders and legs before entering to respect thai culture.

if you plan to vist the temples around BANGKOK,i have to say GAND PALACE is one you must go . i highly recommend you to hire a guide for you ,it's worth of money.

in my opinion The King's Palace in Bangkok is a must see. & should be second attraction in bangkok.The entrance fee is very low 100 baht + bottle of water , there is alot to see and the whole place is extremely beautiful and historic.
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mdfehmel mdfehmel
210 reviews
The King's Palace, Bangkok Mar 01, 2012
The King's Palace in Bangkok is a must see. The entrance fee is small. Ornately ordained with traditional Thai style and intricate details, this is truly a beautiful sight to see. Located on a huge campus, you can spend hours walking around the nooks and crannies of the many small and large buildings which have been built on the premises over several reigns representing various eras spanning Thailand's rich and ancient history. Make sure you bring your good camera (not your camera phone) as the incredible colors and characters present throughout make for a great day of photography. Some of the buildings require you to be wearing pants, but these are few and far between. I would opt to wear shorts as it can be very hot and stuffy inside. If you want to cover every building, however, make sure you are wearing pants.
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kimberIy kimberIy
3 reviews
Wat Pho Mar 05, 2011
A lot of reviews of this place, i find it over-hyped due to expectations set. It's huge place though! And a long walk to emerald buddha temple, i was told, "just further up!" but not really! If you haven't been there, go at least once to experience it!
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arun339 arun339
6 reviews
The Grand Palace - Bangkok , Thailand Aug 13, 2010
A wonderful, must see Bangkok experience, but don't get sidetracked! Hats, sunblock and water are a must for walking in the open areas.Worth the admission tariff. Beautiful palace and grounds. Amazing detailed statues. Avoid the scam artists standing outside the lesser gates.

also learned a lot about the architectural style and meanings of the various temples and buildings on the ground, which affected how I then saw all Thai temples from that point on.

The emerald buddha itself opens at 11 am (at least during our visit), and you get there in the tour right around that time. Of all the places I visited in Bangkok, there was the deepest sense of reverence here (which is saying something for Bangkok), which I appreciated.

Best way to get here is either by ferry from Tha Sathon ("central pier") or by taxi if the streets aren't too crowded, depending upon where you're staying. And don't forget to wear long pants, or you'll have to pay to borrow their sweats (although it's not much).
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Kerris82 Kerris82
5 reviews
A must see in Bangkok Nov 03, 2009
The Grand Palace is definitely a must see if you are in Bangkok, however, I didn't find it to be worth the 350 Baht admission price.

The crowds can get annoying when trying to get around, but on the flip side were quite helpful when I wanted someone to take a picture of me, as I was traveling alone.

The history of this place is wonderful, and the exhibits show pieces of the past. Parts of the temples have been replaced, which I find to be a bit of a shame since a lot of the character is kept in the age of the temples. Roof tiles have been replaced, and so have a lot of other parts of the buildings. Personally I would have like to have seen them restored instead of replaced.

The architecture and design is still remarkable and beautifully intricate.

Remember to wear sensible attire to show respect. Shoulders must be covered and shorts are not allowed. Ladies bring a shawl or a light cover up of some sorts, and wear a skirt if you can. Men should wear long pants and a t-shirt. If you show up without proper clothing, they will rent you suitable garments, but I would suggest you go prepared since a lot of people have worn those rental clothes. Gross
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cax cax
48 reviews
Beauty and extravaganca! May 20, 2008
The Grand Palace complex was established in 1782 and it houses not only the royal residence and throne halls, but also a number of government offices as well as the renowned Temple of the Emerald Budha. It covers an area of 218000 square metres and is surrounded by four walls, 1900 metres in length.

After King Rama I's ascension to the throne in 1782 the palace was build. Prior to this, the royal palace and centre of administration had been located in Thonburi, on the west side of the Chao Phraya River. For various reasons the new king considered the old capital to be unsuitable and decided to establish a new capital on the other side of the river. By his royal command, a new palace was build to serve not only as his residence but also as the site of some administrative offices. The royal compund has been known since then as the Grand Palace.

The palace is well worth a visit. Alone to see this extravagant beauty is an experience in it self, one could think that considering the poverty that exists in some Thai provinces spending all the money that building the palace has cost is a strange priority of government money, but no question this is a special representation of Thailand.

I especially enjoyed the court yard infront of the acctual palace building - it's simple but detailed in it's beauty.
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passionforfashion passionf…
2 reviews
Jul 08, 2007
The Grand Palace is a beautiful place, the buildings are beautiful the work and effort that has gone into them is amazing. If you go you should wear Ladies - Long skirt or trousers and Men - Long trousers, this is just a sign of respect. There is a story you can follow going around the walls of the palace which was all hand painted, it really is a lovely place and i would highly recommend anyone visiting Bangkok to go here. It was very cheap i think about £7.50 each for me and my boyfriend, that included us getting picked up from our hotel by minibus, taken there showed around for about 2 hours then taken back or to wherever we wanted to go. We really enjoyed this trip.
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terez93 terez93
2 reviews
Aug 21, 2006
This amazing complex houses the former royal palace, temples, and administrative buildings in a sumptuous setting that is really the epitome of Thailand. The holiest Buddhist relic in Thailand, the Emerald Buddha (actually made from Jasper or Jade)is housed in a temple here, which serves as a pilgrimage site for Buddhists from all over the world. The murals depicting facets of the Ramayana that run the entire length of the interior courtyard are also extremely impressive. I would recommend going as early in the morning as possible, as the complex gets impossibly crowded in the late morning. Also be sure to dress appropriately (meaning no shorts or sleeveless shirts); the site is revered and visitors should be respectful of the rules. Other than that, have a great time!
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Amanda Amanda
83 reviews
Nov 20, 2004
One of the greatest experiences of my life was going to The Grand Palace in Bangkok. Ironically, I almost missed this amazing afternoon; there are two parts to the palace, a sort of outer section, and then the inner section you pay to get into. From outside, you really can't tell what magic awaits you, and we almost didn't go. What a HUGE mistake!! Make sure to go in!

This is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. It's also the home of the famous Emerald Buddah. Please remember when you go that this is a very religious place to a great deal of people; dress and act accordingly.

It's only open until 3:30 in the afternoon, so don't wait too late in the day to head over; that being said, we went fairly late, and it actually worked to our benefit, because as people cleared out for the day, it meant we were able to take some amazing pictures without the crowds in the way, so this was a great way to gofor us.

Make sure you have a LOT of film, or room in your memory card, before heading over, you're going to need it!
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Vikram says:
I always thought that the whole dress code and "retaining sanctity" was a bit of a farce seeing as, in the last 3 decades they've transformed this goregous temple into a tourist circus. I was very disappointed when I saw 2-3 ladies ALL trying to pray God and ended up being pushed by tourists trying to take pictures. Very sad! :-(
Posted on: Nov 07, 2006

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