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Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha
Grand Palace
Grand Palace
Fascinating detail
Emerald Buddha
Emerald Buddha
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Opening Hours:

9 am to 3.30 pm 365 days a year. The Temple is sometimes closed for Royal visits.


400 Thai Baht per person - ($13) no shorts, vests or short skirts.


The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha are the most visited attractions in Thailand. They are a must see for all visitors to Thailand.

What to see:

This is two attractions in one - a palace and a temple.

Grand Palace was the residence of the Kings of Thailand from 1782 to 1925. It served both as home to royalty and the center of administration for the kingdom of Thailand. Covering an area of 218,400 square meters you could easily spend a day exploring the palace complex. The Grand Palace isn't just one palace. There are several royal enclosures within the palace walls. Each successive monarch added to the site and so there is arange of architectural styles on display.

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is adjacent to the Grand Palace is one of Thailand's most magnificent temples. Marvel at the staggering amount of gold leaf on the temple buildings and statues. Around the inner wall of the temple be sure to check out the hand painted scenes from the Thai national epic, the Ramakien which is a version of the Hindu epic, the Ramayana. Be sure to also visit the Hall of the Emerald Buddha. one of the most revered Buddha images in Thailand. The statue is dressed acccording to the season. The temple closes three times a year when a memeber of the royal family attends the temple for a special ceremony to mark the change of the season and re-dress the statue.


Toilets throughout, and a sit down cafe and icecream shop

Getting There:

Address: Na Phran Lan Road, Rattankosin

Public Transport: the Grand Palace is not on the Mass Transit System. If you don't want to take a taxi or a tour you can go by boat.

Travel by boat: you can travel by the Chao Phraya River Express from any river pier in Bangkok. From the Khao San area go the Phra Arthit Pier. If you are travelling from Sukhumvit or Silom , take the BTS (Skytain) to Saphan Taksin station which is next to Sathorn Pier. The pier nearest the Grand is called Tha Chang.


Starts at 8 am with a pick up from your hotel. You will be returned to your hotel at 12 noon. The tour includes an English speaking guide. Click below to book.

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