Visiting Bangkok’s Grand Palace Area

One of the visited locations in Southeast Asia is the Grand Palace area in Bangkok.

Clicking sights on the above map will provide names and information on many sights of interest

The Grand Palace (Thai: พระบรมมหาราชวัง ) is a complex of buildings at the very heart of Bangkok, Thailand. The palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam (later Thailand) since 1782. The Grand Palace grounds take up 2.35 million square feet in the middle of the city and include the palace and a number of temples that include the Emerald Buddha, considered to be the most important image of Buddha in Thailand.

Any visit to Bangkok should first focus on the Grand Palace area. The Grand Palace is open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and requires an admission fee (about $15). Occasionally, the Grand Palace will close for special ceremonies, diplomatic official visits and state functions, but this is rare. Check with your hotel or a Bangkok official visitor center if you’re told that it’s closed.

Visiting Buddhist Temples – When you visit Thai temples, you should dress appropriately. Women should wear skirts longer than knee length or long pants. Long pants should be worn by men. Both, men and women should cover their shoulders. Wear casual shoes that are easy to slip on and off as entering a temple usually requires you to take off your shoes and leave them outside.

The area covers several square miles in central Bangkok and there are additional temples of interest just across the river. Ratchaworadit Pier (Tha Rat) Best place to hire a water taxi, and catch passenger ferries crossing Chao Phraya River to Tha Din Daeng.

The Reclining Buddha

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