Bangkok, Excursions — 11 September 2013 14 h 30 min

Grand Palace Bangkok.

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Grand Palace Bangkok.

The spectacular Grand Palace in the Thai capital, Bangkok,is undoubtedly the city’s most famous landmark. Built in 1782 – and for 150 years the home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government – the Grand Palace of Bangkok is tourist destination number 1, I would like to state that if you haven’t been to The Grand Palace, you haven’t been to Bangkok.

Within the palace compound several buildings can be visited, of which Wat Phra Keaw or Temple of the Emerald Buddha is the most impressive.

The robes on the Emerald Buddha which dates from the 14th century are changed with the seasons by HM The King of Thailand, and forms an important ritual in the Buddhist calendar.

Thai Kings stopped living in the palace around the turn of the twentieth century, but the palace complex is still used to mark all kinds of other ceremonial and auspicious happenings.Nowadays its impressive interior is used for important ceremonial occasions like coronations. It also contains the antique throne, used before the Western style one presently in use. Visitors are allowed inside the spacious European style reception room or Grand Palace Hall (Chakri Maha Prasat). Then there’s the impressive Dusit Hall, rated as perhaps the finest architectural building in this style, and a museum that has information on the restoration of the Grand Palace, scale models and numerous Buddha images.

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Grand Palace Bangkok

Grand Palace Bangkok

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