The Grand Palace

Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in the old city of Bangkok, the Grand Palace is one of the most famous landmarks in Thailand that attracts thousands of tourists every day. It is a magnificent complex of buildings that houses the Temple of the Emerald Buda, throne halls, and sacred sites.

History of the Grand Palace

The construction of the Grand Palace began in 1782 when King Rama I decided to relocate the capital of the country from Thonburi to an area on the east side of the Chao Phraya River, also known as Rattanakosin Island. This Thai palace used to serve as the official residents of Thai Kings until the end of the 19th century. Today, the Grand Palace is mostly used for state banquets, royal rituals, and other types of government celebrations.

Palace Buildings

The largest building in the Grand Palace is the Grand Palace Hall which was completed in 1882 by British architects who combined Thai and Renaissance architecture. At the eastern end, visitors will find the Borombhiman Hall that used to be a residence for King Rama VI. Unfortunately, this building can only be viewed through the gates and is not open to public. There is also the Amarindra Hall, which was once a hall of justice. The last building on the tour, Ratanakosin-style Dusit Hall originally served as a royal funerary hall and as a place for royal audiences.