Bangkok’s most beloved temple and top tourist site is an impressive, mini city sized royal complex enclosed by attractive whitewalls. The Grand Palace construction began in 1782, the year Bangkok was founded and every monarch subsequent to King Rama 1 has expanded or enhanced it. Today, despite being able to visit many sights on its grounds, much of it remains off-limits. The Chakri Mahaphrasat Hall – the “Westerner in a Thai hat” – is worth seeing, and there are some state halls and rooms open to visitors.
The Grand Palace and The Temple of The Emerald Buddha are located in the same compound. They are most frequently visited by foreign tourists and local alike. The grand palace is famous for its impressive buildings. Wat Phra Kaeo is renowned as the most beautiful and important Buddhist temple in Thailand. It houses Phra Kaeo Marakot, the most highly revered Buddha image carved from a single block of fine jade. It is so richly and intricately decorated that once entering the temple, visitors will feel as if they were in a real city of angels. Open daily from 8.30 am to 3.30 pm
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Address: Na Phra Lan Rd, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, 10200