The Grand Palace in Bangkok has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam, and later Thailand since 1782. It was the home of all Bangkok government offices until 1932 when Thailand switched to a Constitutional Monarchy. Even after 250 years, the Grand Palace has lost none of its splendor and elegance. It is one of the most visited places in all of Thailand and a must-see for any first time visitor to Thailand.
- Visit the Royal Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha Temple in depth
The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace refers not to a single building but many buildings, halls, gardens, and temples on the grounds. This includes the temple of the Emerald Buddha.
The palace is partially open as a museum and the rest of the grounds are part of the working palace and official duties take place here.
Sections of the Grand Palace
- Temple of the Emerald Buddha
- Bureau of the Royal Household
- Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles
- Sala Luk Khun Nai
- Sala Sahathai Samakhom
- Museum of the Emerald Buddha Temple
- Pavilion of Regalia, Royal Decorations, and Coins
- Phra Thinang Amarin Winitchai
- Phra Thinang Phaisan Thaksin
- Phra Thinang Chakraphat Phiman
- Phra Thinang Dusidaphirom
- Phra Thinang Racharuedee
- Phra Thinang Sanam Chan
- Ho Sastrakhom
- Ho Sulalai Phiman
- Ho Phra That Montien
- Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat
- Phra Thinang Moon Satharn Borom Ard
- Phra Thinang Sommuthi Thevaraj Uppabat
- Phra Thinang Borom Ratchasathit Mahoran
- Phra Thinang Dusit Maha Prasat
- Phra Thinang Phiman Rattaya
- Phra Thinang Aphorn Phimok Prasat
- Phra Thinang Rachakaranya Sapha
- Ho Plueang Khrueang
- Mount Kailasa
- Siwalai Garden
- Phra Thinang Boromphiman
- Phra Thinang Mahisorn Prasat
- Phra Thinang Siwalai Maha Prasat
- Phra Thinang Sitalaphirom
- Phra Buddha Rattanasathan
- Phra Thinang Chai Chumpol
- Phra Thinang Suthaisawan Prasat
- Inner Court
Temple of the Emerald Buddha
Wat Phra Kaew, commonly known in English as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and officially as Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram, is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. The Emerald Buddha housed in the temple is a potent religio-political symbol and the palladium of Thailand.
Bureau of the Royal Household
The bureau handles a lot of administrative and ceremonial functions. It also handles the many charities supported by the crown.
Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles
Our beloved Queen Sirikit is the widow of the late King Rama IX and mother of the current monarch King Rama X. In 2003 her majesty opened a museum of textiles in the former Ministry of Finance building also known as the Ratsadakorn-bhibhathana Building, erected in 1870 by King Rama V. The museum hosts many different events. To find out what will be showing during your visit, check out their website.
Sala Luk Khun Nai
The Sala Lukkhunnai building is perhaps one of the most elegant of the buildings constructed by Rama V to house his western-styled ministries. The Sala Lukkhunnai housed the Ministry of Interior in one wing and the Ministry of Defense in the other.
Sala Sahathai Samakhom
The Sala Sahathai Samakhom was also built by King Rama V as a military club. Originally, the columns on the outside formed a gallery, or veranda, around the building
Museum of the Emerald Buddha Temple
The Museum of the Emerald Buddha Temple holds artifacts and information on the history of the Emerald Buddha.
Pavilion of Regalia, Royal Decorations, and Coins
The Pavilion of Regalia, Royal Decorations and Coins is a small museum on the ground of the Grand Palace. It contains a large collection of Thai coins but also has royal jewelry and emblems of days of Royalty past.
There is also a wonderful assortment of jeweled boxes, robes, and elegant swords all created for the monarchs of the Kingdom of Thailand.
Phra Thinang Amarin Winitchai
This is the palace’s principal audience hall. It is still used annually on His Majesty’s royal birthday. It also serves as a venue for royal religious ceremonies throughout the year.
Phra Thinang Phaisan Thaksin
Phra Thinang Phaisan Thaksin is a hall for the most important religious and state ceremonies take place. Coronations are performed here at the start of a king’s reign.
During the time of King Rama I the hall was a private reception area. The king would host meetings and dinners for trusted ministers and members of courts. After the death of Rama I, it was converted into a ceremonial space. The long hall is contains wonderful murals depicting scenes not only from Buddhist mythology but Hindu as well.
Phra Thinang Chakraphat Phiman
This was the bedroom of King Rama I(1737 – 1809). Originally the roof was made of palm leaves but eventually, it was replaced with tiles. During the time of Rama II, the room was converted to a multi-purpose hall but was made back into a bedroom by Rama III.
The bed in the room actually belonged to King Rama I and was used by the kings nightly, all the way up to King Rama VI(d. 1925). By tradition, no uncrowned king may sleep here. Once crowned, however, tradition requires that they sleep in the bed at least a few nights.
Phra Thinang Dusidaphirom
The Phra Thinang Dusidaphirom is a minor building on the palace grounds. It was used for the King’s arrival and departure as a robing room. The king would often mount an elephant or ride in a sedan to leave the palace from this location. In the picture below you can see a white spired gate post. This marks an opening in the wall where the king could get on the elephant with ease.
Phra Thinang Racharuedee
The Phra Thinang Racharuedee, a Thai-style pavilion constructed during the reign of King Rama VI as an outdoor audience chamber. Originally King Rama IV had a two-storied European-style building constructed. Its purpose was to display gifts from foreign nations; When this building became dilapidated King Rama V replaced it with a Chinese-style pavilion which was again dismantled and rebuilt.
Phra Thinang Sanam Chan
The Phra Thinang Sanam Chan was built during the reign of King Rama II, who used the pavilion for relaxation and for sitting when supervising construction projects.
Photo Credit -By ScorpianPK
Ho Sulalai Phiman
Ho Phra That Montien
Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat
Phra Thinang Moon Satharn Borom Ard
Phra Thinang Sommuthi Thevaraj Uppabat
Phra Thinang Borom Ratchasathit Mahoran
Phra Thinang Dusit Maha Prasat
Phra Thinang Phiman Rattaya
Phra Thinang Aphorn Phimok Prasat
Phra Thinang Rachakaranya Sapha
Ho Plueang Khrueang
Phra Thinang Boromphiman
Phra Thinang Mahisorn Prasat
Phra Thinang Siwalai Maha Prasat
Phra Thinang Sitalaphirom
Phra Buddha Rattanasathan
Phra Thinang Chai Chumpol
Phra Thinang Suthaisawan Prasat
Tours that feature the Grand Palace
Main photo credit: By Andy Marchand