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The Grand Palace
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Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour
Ranked #9 of 594 things to do in Bangkok
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Bangkok's famous palace complex was built in 1782 and features several magnificent buildings including Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), which contains a beautiful Emerald Buddha that dates back to the 14th century.
Reviewed August 1, 2009

We were in Bangkok at the beginning of the Lent period. It was so great to see the entire country was off for 3 days. All temples, some closed usually were opened for prayers . It was great to see how the temple was being cleaned, looked after, buidling and restoration work. We witnessed the locals praying, blessings being given by Monks, entered the chamber where the Emerald Buddha was( talking shoes off and not allowed to film or take pictures). The ticket you pay to enter allows you to enter to 2 other attractions. One in the area of the grande palace and another you had to travel to. We took up the offer in the area of the grande palace. It was a small musuem for the the artifacts of the palace and during the construction. Very detailed and interesteing if you are into learning about the history. It was a good day out. When we exited we took a Tuk Tuk. Always agree the price before getting in and show them a map or ask your hotel to write it in Thai, so there is no confusion.

1  Thank sairakem
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Reviewed July 23, 2009

We visited the Grand Palace when staying in Bangkok in April. We took the skytrain to Saphin Taskin station by the river then the local river ferry upriver to the stop for the Grand Palace. We were in time for the free English guide tour 10am. This was quite good but would also be fine to browse around on your own. It was very hot and quite crowded but it is just so spectacular, out of this world really that you should definitely do at at least once if you are in Bangkok. They are pretty strict about clothing but if you check out our photo we were acceptable with what we wore.

5  Thank LewisFamily4
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Reviewed July 13, 2009

We started at the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew - Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which was a very short walk from the pier. We visited with Get -- one of the wonderful guides from Tour with Tong. Entrance was 350 Baht / person, but there is no charge for the guide (there was no charge for the guides at any of the sites either -- ). Both were spectacular in terms of colors, the intricacy of designs and the amount of gold used. We were lucky enough to explore these sights on a clear day and the photos turned out beautifully! It was great to explore with a guide because it allowed us to ask questions and understand what we were seeing. It was also interesting to see the ongoing restorations required to keep everything looking new and fresh. The murals on the walls were beautiful, and Get was able to help us understand the story from the Ramakien that was illustrated. That part was definitely something we would have missed on our own. The other part that we probably would have missed without her guidance was the Wat Phra Kaeo Museum. It gives you a much better understanding of how the temple and palace have changed over the years, as well as the number of restorations. It’s definitely worth a few minutes to explore.

3  Thank KimKDallas
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Reviewed July 6, 2009

How this can be anything other than the #1 attraction in Bangkok is beyond me. The golden temple and palace complex is THE Bangkok landmark, akin to the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, etc. Built over 200 years ago by King Rama I, first king of Siam, it houses the legendary emerald buddha which draws Thai visitors from all over the country as well as foreign tourists. For under $10, you get all this plus admission to the Royal Thai Decorations and Coin Pavilion and Vimanmek Mansion in Dusit, a short taxi ride away. The beautiful royal residence Vimanmek is definitely worth a visit as well, being the largest teak house in the world.

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Reviewed June 17, 2009

I loved the Grand Palace and temple of the Emerald Buddha. If you like beautiful architecture, and would like to learn more about Thai culture and history, this is a must-see. The entrance fee is now 350 baht but you really can spend more than half a day there. We took the free tour guided tour, which lasted about one and a half hours. We found the tour guide eary to understand.The times of the tour were 10.00am, 10.30am, 1.30pm and 2.00pm. We did not have problems getting in wearing sandals and jeans. My 6 year old boy was not charged for admission and below knee bermudas was ok for him.

We got there by taking the orange flag ferry to station no 8 Tha Tien, from Sathorn station, it costs 13 baht per person. (Sathorn station is next to Saphan Taksin BTS station.) From Tha Tien station, you will need to spend at least 20 mins walking around the palace walls to get to its entrance. Ferry stop no 9, Tha Chang station is much nearer the entrance of the Grand Palace, than station no 8 Tha Tien is.

7  Thank g0_f0r_it
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