Where Old Town
When 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Wat Phra Kaew

Old Town

One of the most popular attractions in Bangkok, the white-walled Grand Palace was built in 1782 and for over a 150 years was the residence of the Thai King, the Royal Court and the administrative seat of government. The 233-acre complex embraces more than 100 buildings that embody royal history including the French-influenced Borombhiman Hall, the Amarindra Hall that was once once a hall of justice, and the Chakri Mahaprasat, the Grand Palace Hall.

But the best-known building is the beautifully intricate Wat Phra Kaew, or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The spiritual core of Thai Buddhism and the monarchy, it is regarded as the most important temple in the Kingdom as it enshrines the Phra Kaew Morakot, or Emerald Buddha. Carved out of a single block of jade, the stature dates back to the 15th AD and features The Buddha in a meditative posture in the Lanna style. It sits high on a series of platforms and is draped in monastic robes that change with the seasons. An important ritual is the changing of the robes performed by HM the King to bring luck and fortume to the country during each season. Tip:

Th Na Phra Lan

Bangkok

Timings: 8.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.

Entrance: THB 500

Dress code: No shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless shirts

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