The Grand Palace in Bangkok is probably the most popular tourist landmark in the country. In fact, locals often claim that a Bangkok tour is not complete without a tour of the European-Thai-inspired architectural achievement that is the Grand Palace. It used to be the home of Thailand’s Kings, with the Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha as their private place of worship. It was constructed in 1782 during the reign of King Rama I, and has served as the monarch’s residence and seat of the government for 150 years. Today, the Kings of Thailand no longer do live in the Palace, but it’s still the venue for most official celebrations, ceremonies, state banquets and other formal royal rituals including deaths, marriages and coronations.
For sure, it’s a great place to witness Thailand’s rich culture and glorious past. And except for the inner areas of the Palace, it is open to [Read more…]