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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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interesting but hot

this huge and interesting but beware its very hot so be prepared with water and suncream, but definitely worth it

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Tokyo, Japan
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We knew we should have come earlier but we were there by 10:00. There was the security line, then there were the clothes police. Although I had passed muster at wat arun and wat pho, not here. Another line to rent a heavy hot sarong. Then another line to buy a ticket. We probably had passed 100 police/security but when... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

this huge and interesting but beware its very hot so be prepared with water and suncream, but definitely worth it

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Just outside the grand palace, we were searching for the right gate to enter & asked a well dressed man for directions. He told us that some religious ceremony is going on & 1,000 people are kneeling in prayer inside, will take at least 3 hours. He advised us to go visit 2-3 places nearby in that time & even... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Like many other tourists, we felt almost obliged to visit the Grand Palace. It is certainly imposing, but I absolutely hate the fact that we had to pay more than our Thai friends to get in. What a rip off. If Thais came to Europe and they were charged more than the locals to see the sights, what would they... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We'll, the place has nothing bad. History, art, religion, this is a must see in Bangkok! But what an organisation! It's really hot and there are no signs. We have been lucky guessing which direction and queue to follow in order to get in and buy tickets. But you can really see people wandering around trying to understand where and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

its a great place to see the Thai culture & architucture takes more than 2 hours, BUT please dont wear shorts & Vests as you will be asked to tie a sharong & a shirt, which they provide it there at the enterance. I also STRONGLY recommend you carry a big hat or an umbrella and a small bottle ot... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I visited the Grand Palace for the second time and this time I took my mother. And this time I had been to other palaces/museums of the world so I am in a better position to compare. Firstly price that they charge visitors (500 Baht - around $20) is not the cheapest, so I should certainly expect a grandeur and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The cost of the Grand Palace is a little exorbitant for Thailand, at 500 baht, although the ticket includes admission to some other sites in Bangkok which you won't necessarily visit. There is a dress code, and I saw a number of people wearing baggy trousers provided by the palace to cover up their shorts. Fortunately, nobody seemed to mind... More 

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Keller, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We went on this tour as part of a group. I would highly recommend going as part of a tour group due to its popularity. Long long long long lines to get in. Our guide got us in extremely fast. The architecture is absolutely stunning and beautiful. The Thai people loved their late King and the incredible amount of locals... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Waited in line for over an our at the entrance, after going through all security checks only to find out that they ran out of long pants they want you to rent (200baht deposit) to enter the palace. Men and women both. I expected a better organization from the number one attraction this city has. Waisted my whole morning here.

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