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The Grand Palace

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Address: Na Phra Lan Rd, Maharaj Pier | next to Wat Phra Kaeo Temple Complex, Bangkok, Thailand
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+66 2 623 5500 ext. 3100
08:30 - 15:30
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 15:30
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes

Bangkok's famous palace complex was built in 1782 and features several...

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.

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Wonderful architecture

The Grand Palace is absolutely amazing. Although you cannot visit the inside of the buildings and temples, the architecture is just astonishing. The place can be crowded, so try... read more

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Bogota, Colombia
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The Grand Palace is absolutely amazing. Although you cannot visit the inside of the buildings and temples, the architecture is just astonishing. The place can be crowded, so try to get early to avoid the largest groups. Part of the complex is not open for visitors until the funeral of King Rama IX (end of October, 2017). There is a... More 

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Enid, Oklahoma
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There's a reason why this is one of the most visited place in Bangkok! Bring your guide with you. Be early to avoid huge crowd of tourist. We went on low season and the place is still packed.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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It was a wonderful place to visit, the monuments, the stupas, etc everything was beautiful. Don't forget to bring your passport and when visiting make sure you don't exit before seeing everything, they don't allow you to enter unless you pay again :(

Thank Moncef2013
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It's is breath taking if you put all the people away. A lot of people , tourbusses it was very busy and crowded. A lot people don't have respect for the rules. It's to crowded. I would minimalise the people in the palace and let them wait in a line or something and bring them in if some leave. But... More 

Thank John D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
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The Grand Palace is essential viewing for a tourist visit to Bangkok. We did it with a guide and learnt about the history of the country, the different Kings and their role as the leader of Thailand. Beautiful buildings. Lots of people..

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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It was so beautiful and impressive. But it was so crowded under the heat. So it was not a very chill experience. The visit was worth it thou. Very rich in culture

Thank Phuc N
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An incredible palace. A must see but do dress respectfully. No torn jeans and ladies must have shoulders covered.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We journeyed to the palace via the river which I would recommend. We got told by a number of people that the palace was closed in the morning due to the mourning of the Thai people for their late king but to come back after 14:30. Don't get way laid by those offering to take you to other places like... More 

Thank Julie G
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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Obviously this is a must see attraction in Bangkok. We got a bit caught up in the security due to the King visiting and didn't get into all the areas but still definitely worth a visit. The temple and chedi are breathtakingly beautiful. Just remember you must be dressed appropriately or you won't get in - it's not difficult and... More 

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Pinole, California
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You cannot leave Bangkok without visiting grand place. The only problem is that it's always very crowded.

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While you’ll see skyscrapers in most parts of Bangkok, it’s the gilded roofs of ancient pagodas that adorn the skyline of Banglamphu, the city’s historical and most touristic district. Hordes of tourists flock to this area to tick quite a few must-see attractions off their to-do list, with the Grand Palace being the most spectacular of them all. Banglamphu is also home to Bangkok’s infamous tourist ghetto, centered around Khao San Road. Visit at night to feast on road-side pad thai, cheap beers and if you’re up for it, some dancing fueled by buckets of Thai whiskey.
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