Wat Phra and Grand Palace – the main attractions of Bangkok

Bangkok is a beautiful city, rich with culture, architecture, and history. The city’s two main attractions are the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace. They are popular destinations year-around,  located right on the edge of the Chao Phraya River. Their rich history stretches over 200 years, showcasing the evolution of architecture, technology, and science over time.


The Grand Palace – a building of excellence and beauty

Construction of the Grand Palace began in 1782. It was finally completed 143 years in 1925. The Grand Palace is not a single building like Versailles or the Taj Mahal, but rather a collection of buildings built over time within a single compound. The eclectic buildings feature an assortment of golden spires, sloping crimson roofs, and bell-shaped stupas. The tallest spire is a representation of the enlightened path of the Buddha.

Wat PhraKaew Grand Palace

One of the buildings, Borombhiman Hall, is surrounded by guards and closed to the public. If you’re in luck, you may be get to witness the ceremonial changing of the guards. The ceremony is elaborate and extensively choreographed, and not to be missed.


The Wat Phra Kaew Grand Palace –AKA Emerald Buddha temple

One of the various buildings in the Grand Palace compound is the Emerald Buddha Temple. The traditional temple is typical of South Asia, borrowing styles and themes from India. The architecture is in an Indian Dravidian style called “Ratanakosin”. At the entrance gate is a giant sculpture guard – a Yaksha – resembling Hindu god Vishnu’s mount. The walls around the temple are painted with a series of murals that depict the story of the “Ramakien”, an epic legend originating in India.

The temple itself is beautifully decorated with golden carvings and sculptures. The Emerald Buddha statue is housed inside. Contrary to its title, it’s not actually made of emerald – the statue is carved from a solid piece of jade. Keep in mind that no photos of the statue are allowed.

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Top Tips

The Grand Palace, and Emerald Buddha Temple within it, are top visitor attractions in Bangkok. Keep these tips in mind while visiting:

  • Download the Bangkok Grand Palace Tour Guide App before you go. It works as a tour guide/audio guide and GPS map, all in one.
  • The compound opening hours are 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
  • Remember to bring your own water – it can often be hard to find.
  • To get to the compound, take the skytrain from Thaksin Station or an express ferry to Chang Pier.
  • Dress according to the rules – no revealing or torn clothing, no flipflops.

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