Bangkok is full of religious sites and temples, and you’ll probably visit a handful of them while you’re in the city. These places are rich in history and tradition and are highly significant for the Thai people. As important as it is to visit these places, it is also essential that you respect and follow the norms that are designed for each place.
One of the most famous religious places in Bangkok is the Emerald Buddha Temple. This is located on the grounds of the Grand Palace, the city’s most popular tourist attraction. The temple dates back to the 15th century, while the surrounding Grand Palace was only constructed in 1782.
The Dress and Shoe Code Inside the Emerald Buddha Temple
Just like any other religious place, if you visit the Grand Palace or Temple of the Emerald Buddha, you have to follow certain rules. These strict guidelines apply to anyone who want to enter the grounds. The Wat Pho dress code applies to both men and women, and excludes:
- Miniskirts or short skirts (skirts that end below the knee are ok)
- Shorts or ¾ length trousers (only full length trousers allowed)
- Tights or tight-fitting trousers
- Shirts that are see-through or transparent
- Sleeveless vests or shirts, shirts with rolled-up sleeves, exposed shoulders
- Sandals that do not include heel straps or ankles (ex. flip flops)
- Pajamas, sweatpants, or sweatshirts
- Clothes with holes (includes ripped t-shirts or jeans)
In short, if you’re modestly and respectfully dressed, you’ll be fine. If the guards do not approve however, all is not lost! The Grand Palace has a stall inside the entrance where you can borrow proper dress in exchange for a small deposit.
More Dress Code Tips on the Mobile App
Today, mobile apps have become extremely convenient. This app for Apple and Android is specifically designed for tourists and travellers visiting the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple, and for those who want to be well prepared for their visit. The Grand Palace Bangkok Guide Mobile App is available for both Android and Apple. In this mobile app, you will also get more information on the Wat Phra Kaew dress code as well as information on the timings for attractions (National Museum, Wat Arun, Wat Pho, Chang Pier), the code of conduct, and the do’s and don’ts while visiting each place. Download the app today and be prepared!
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