12 January, 2013

The Grand Palace : Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang (พระบรมมหาราชวัง) in Bangkok Thailand #SMSnotes

Bangkok's famous palace complex was built in 1782 and features several magnificent buildings including Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), which contains a beautiful Emerald Buddha that dates back to the 14th century.

A must visit place in Bangkok full of history, ornate architecture, and art. The stunning detail found throughout the complex is mind boggling.

Take your time and meander your way through the property-you won’t be disappointed. Every corner provides rich new attractions for the eye.
Foreigners take note - you cannot wear shorts, you will not be allowed to enter. There are vendors around the entrance that will see you a pair so don’t distress, just have 200 baht handy (per pair).

To enter The Grand Palace itself is 500 Baht for foreigner and free for locals (need to show ID). You need to be fully clothed from top to bottom, no shorts or anything revealing. They have a changing room before entrance where you can ask for some robe/pants to cover if you don't come prepared. Not sure if it's free/rent/buy..
The place was majestic and lots of spots to take photos, but overall it really felt too expensive for the price they have..

This is easily one of the most magnificent places we have ever visited. Everything was built with so much detail and thoughtfulness. It is incredible how the closer you got to a building or structure, the more details it had. If you are visiting Bangkok, you absolutely need to dedicate a whole day just for this. It is that beautiful.
A really beautiful place and palace - the museum is also very worthwhile. Unfortunately, it is not allowed to take photos there. What you should not forget is to dress appropriately. Shorts are not allowed here. However, there are a few stalls where you can quickly put something on. What you should also know is that the entrance fee of 500 baht is very high compared to other temples and sites. But apart from that, there is a lot to explore. The staff is very friendly and attentive. Guidebooks are even available free of charge in German.

visited in January 2013
The architecture is spectacular and complex. The Grand Palace was established in 1782… and after all these years… you’re surrounded in history and grandeur. Beautiful buildings, artwork and statues. It’s a definite must see when visiting BKK. It took us 3hours to view the grounds. Try and go early as the heat of the day can take it’s toll. The ticket also included a Thai show about the historical provinces.

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