The Grand Palace is a must see in Bangkok. For 150 years the Palace complex was home to the King and also to the entire government, including the country’s war ministry, state departments and the mint.
Thai Kings stopped living in the Palace around the turn of the 20th century. However the complex still remains the seat of power and spiritual heart of the Thai Kingdom.
The Grand Palace complex also houses the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Keow), the most famous Buddhist temple. At the heart of the temple, is a fabulous Buddha image, carved from one piece of Jade. This image is the holiest and most revered of religious objects in Thailand today.
The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is Thailand’s most sacred site so you must be properly dressed. Men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves. For women no see through clothes, bare shoulders etc. There are stalls near the entry that provides clothes at a small charge to cover you up if needed.
Also be careful of touts outside the palace who tell you it is closed, then suggest their own tour instead. Their ’tour’ will be to shops where they get commissions on your purchases and the Palace will really be open!!
Admission fees are 400 baht and the Grand Palace is open every day from 8:30 to 3:30, unless it is being used for a state function.
Important Information before Visiting
1. Please dress in proper attire
Proper attire is required for visiting the mansion and dependent buildings in the Royal Grounds. If you dress inappropriately and want to visit, clothing is available for sale
- Thai skirt cost 50 ฿ and 100 ฿ / piece
- T-shirt cost 100 ฿ / piece
2. Deposit belongings in lockers except small wallets and purses
Your valuables will be safe, If you leave them in our standard locker service coin locker before entering the mansion. Please keep jewelry and passport on your person. Small size 20 ฿ and Large size 30 ฿
In dependent buildings, we have free locker service.
- Please take off your shoes
- Please don’t touch exhibits
- Please speak in a low voice
- Photography is Forbidden inside the Buildings
- Please don’t use tripods for taking photos