The Grand Palace is a magnificent structure and one of the most attractive tourist spots in Bangkok Thailand without which the travel would remain incomplete, and has been being used as an official residence building for the Kings of Thailand, earlier was known as Siam since 1782.
Although the current King does not reside here, many official events and royal ceremonies take place here every year. The Grand Palace is a combination of numerous buildings, gardens, halls and courtyards and is separated into a couple of parts including the temple of emerald Buddha, the middle court, the outer court etc.
History of Grand Palace:
The Grand Palace construction was initiated in 1782 by the King Rama I. The king Rama I also formed a dynasty in Thailand named Chakri Dynasty. After its beginning, a good number of buildings were added with the Palace. Though the royal family members lived on the Grand Palace for about 150 years, they had to leave the residence gradually for different reasons, and finally in 1932 all the government offices and agencies were moved from the Palace following the Monarchy abolition.
Surrounded by walls, the Grand Palace is placed on 218,000 square meters. Located at the Chao Pharaya River, the Grand Palace is bordered by different roads. The Grand Palace is a combination of different halls, buildings, courtyards and gardens. The Palace is separated into different parts including the temple of the emerald Buddha, middle court, outer court and many public buildings. The Grand Palace contains history of about 200 years of Thailand and a part of the establishment is opened as a museum. Some royal offices are still found inside the four walls of the Grand Palace.
During its construction, the Grand Palace experienced fund shortage and was made of wood and after a few years, the woods were replaced with masonry. The entire structure of the Grand Palace was replaced with the masonry materials including the walls, gates, thrones hall, residences and everything. Bricks from the old royal palaces were used as materials to build the Grand Palace. Traditionally the palace was known as the Royal Palace and since 1851; the name was changed to as the ‘Grand Palace’.
Travel Guide information of Grand Palace:
If you want to visit the Grand Palace, there are several ways and routes available to reach. You can use BTS skytrain, and boat service to reach the palace. Ride the sky train and get off at the Taskin Bridge station. Take a boat on the river that will take you to the opposite side pier and the Grand Palace is on the pier number 9. You cannot miss the Grand Place.
Some Tips when you visit on Grand Palace:
Since a part of the Grand Palace is opened as a museum, you cannot have a look on the entire establishment. Do not wear informal attires as those are not allowed inside the Grand Palace. If you hire a tour guide, that would be easier for you to know the Grand Palace without having any crowd and see the adorable attractions inside. You need to take off your shoes at some places like Buddha temple.
Culture & Customs of Grand Palace:
The Grand Palace once was the official residence of the Thai Kings and Monarchs. Some of the traditions are still maintained and you are to dress full-sleeve attires. If you wear short dress, the securitymen will send you to hire respectable full-length dresses with a costly charge and you are to stand in queue. Admission in the Palace is also costly – about 400 Bahts. Modern toilet facilities are available inside the Palace and most of the time it remains crowded.