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A must-see attraction in Bangkok, the Grand Palace complex has the royal residence and the venerated Temple of the Emerald Buddha, apart from throne halls and government offices. Take a guided sightseeing tour around to understand the history of the royal compound and the sacred Buddhist images it contains.

Built in 1782 AD by King Rama I, the complex has several galleries showcasing scenes from the Ramayan.

The green jade statue of the Emerald Buddha sits atop a Busabok – a traditional Thai gilded wooden throne, in the ordination hall of the royal monastery. Its costume is changed seasonally in a ceremony presided by the king. In front of the altar are images of the Buddha - Phra Phuttha Yod Fa Chula Lok, Phra Phuttha Loetla Napalai and Samphutthapanni Budhha. The walls of the ordination hall are decorated with mural paintings depicting events from the Buddha's life and his preachings, the Jataka tales and Thai proverbs.

The Borom Phiman mansion serves as a Royal Guest House for visiting dignitaries and Heads of State. The Buddha Ratan Starn Hall or Crystal Buddha Hall is also worth seeing.

About Grand Palace

 Th Na Phra Lan, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

 Nearest Transit: MRT Hua Lamphong Station (Lines: Blue)

 +66 2 224 1833

Grand Palace and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Wat Pho

Wat Pho(0.3 km)
Wat Pho, popularly known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn in Thai), is the largest temple of Bangkok, and probably the oldest too, predating the founding of the capital by almost 200 years.

Wat Arun

Wat Arun(1 km)
Wat Arun, often called the Temple of Dawn, is located on the other side of the Chao Phraya River in Thonburi, you can find more information in that district article.

Wat Intharawihan

Wat Intharawihan(2.2 km)
This temple is known for the so-called Standing Buddha or Big Buddha (Luang Pho To), a 32-metre-tall golden Buddha image.

Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall

Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall(1.4 km)
The Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall explores the history of Rattanakosin Island, Bangkok's royal city where the Grand Palace, Wat Po and National Museum are located.

Wat Ratchabophit

Wat Ratchabophit(0.6 km)
Built by King Rama V in 1869, it was created to keep up with the tradition that each newly-appointed monarch erected a temple to mark his reign.

Memorial Bridge

Memorial Bridge(1.3 km)

Wat Suwannaram

Wat Suwannaram(2.2 km)
This is a big royal temple on the banks of the Bangkok Noi Canal.

Bank of Thailand Museum

Bank of Thailand Museum(3.3 km)
The museum building is in the Bang Khum Phrom Palace, a former royal residence of HRH Prince Boriphat Sukhumphan, the 33rd son of King Rama V (Chulalongkorn).

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