The spiritual heart of Thailand
To truly experience Bangkok, the Grand Palace is a must. As the official residence of the Kings of Siam 2later Thailand3 since 1782, the palace is a fantastic example of traditional architecture and craftsmanship.
Considered by many as the spiritual heart of the Thai Kingdom, Bangkok's Grand Palace would be the country's most famous structure. A walled complex, the Palace comprises a wide range of buildings including ceremonial halls, residential halls, forts, a museum and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
For all its buildings, it's the Temple of the Emerald Buddha that proves most popular within the palace complex. The building is commonly regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. As the name suggests the temple is home to an emerald Buddha, a 66 centimetre high Buddha statue carved from a single jade stone.
While not all of the palace is open to the public, there are a number of sites worth visiting. Guided tours of the palace are also operated regularly and available in English. As the country's most sacred site, it is important to note that visiting the Grand Palace requires adhering to a respectable and modest dress code.
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