The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace
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8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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Established in 1782, this ceremonial residence of the Kings of Thailand features several magnificent buildings like the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Take your time to explore the imposing courtyards and visit the major landmarks within the Grand Palace complex. Visit the Queen Sirikit Museum, where you can view the stunning textiles on display. Don't miss Khon Performances—known as the Thailand's masked dance drama—at Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre. You can take a guided tour to learn more about the palace’s magnificent history. Visitors are expected to keep their legs and shoulders covered in the complex. – Tripadvisor
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  • maritimeexplorer
    Nova Scotia, Canada4,128 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Most Popular Tourist Attraction in Bangkok
    For first time visitors to Bangkok as my wife and I were recently, the Grand Palace is a must see destination. It is a great introduction to not only Thai culture and history, but also the tenets of Buddhism and its relationship to Hinduism. The Emerald Buddha complex contains everything that one might think of as southeast Asian. Rather than attempt to describe them I will let my photos do the job. Simply over the top colour everywhere and beautiful architecture. Best seen with a guide to help you understand what you are looking at. There is a reason this is the #1 tourist attraction in Bangkok and that will be readily apparent during your visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 June 2023
  • Sakura_H
    San Diego, California4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A place of culture
    This iconic landmark is a testament to the country's rich cultural heritage and architectural brilliance. The intricate detailing of the palace complex, adorned with shimmering gold and vibrant colors, is a sight to behold. As you explore the palace grounds, you'll encounter stunning temples, majestic halls, and beautifully manicured gardens. The sheer magnificence of the Grand Palace leaves a lasting impression, reflecting the grandeur of Thailand's royal history. A visit to this majestic site is a truly unforgettable experience that offers a glimpse into the splendor of Thai craftsmanship and tradition.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 June 2023
  • Ray3870
    Singapore, Singapore8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Huge place with many sights
    A huge and beautiful place popular with tourists. Need to wear long pants but can just get a cheap pair of pants at the shops opposite the road if you are denied entry. Do not miss the cultural dance show at the theatre nearby where the free shuttle bus will bring you there.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 28 June 2023
  • Bhargava Krishna
    Bangalore District, India141 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grand palace is Grand
    Must visit in Bangkok, dress decently covering your knees and shoulder. You can book the tickets at counter and Thai govt providing booklet guide of temple. It took 2-3 hours for me to cover this palace.
    Visited August 2022
    Written 28 June 2023
  • 4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get in early and ensure you are dressed properly
    Get in early, as close to opening time as you can, to avoid crowds. Ensure you are familiar with the dress requirements and familiarise yourself with what you can and cannot take into the Grand Palace. Take your time, enjoy the beauty of the space.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 29 June 2023
  • Kate
    Washington DC, District of Columbia291 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exquisite. Stunning.
    This palace has exquisite details inside and out. Extraordinarily beautiful. Photos do not do it justice; must see in person. And of course, the emerald Buddha was a delight to see, as well. This a MUST if you are visiting Bangkok.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Anamika T
    363 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommend to visit with a guide
    Beautiful architecture in the heart of the city. We went as part of the temple and palace tour and had a guide with us. Would highly recommend taking a guided tour. The dress code is very strict. The ticket for tourists is Baht500 per person.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Anco M
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom660 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Shiny!
    We visited the Grand Palace and on our way there a lady convinced us in being our tour guide. We are glad she did. The visit made so much more sense. The Grand Palace itself is such a fantastic mix of buildings and statues, one nicer than the other in colour and decoration. The highlight is then the Emerald Buddha and the whole golden interior of the temple. We visited of the visit with a dance performance that is included in the ticket price, which is worth doing. Overall 2-3 hours well spent.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Azriel_and_Smurf
    Murrumbateman, Australia827 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very busy tourist attraction but MUST see in Bangkok
    It was really busy when we went there. It’s King’s birthday celebration week. Some road closures and areas within the Grand Palace were also closed in preparation of the ceremony that evening. Unique building and construction to showcase Thailand iconic carvings and religious symbolic statues.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Julie R
    33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A magnificent sight
    An immensely touristy attraction but still so beautiful. Go early morning if you can. You can learn a lot yourself without paying for a guide. Be aware people try to sell you cover up clothing! Men must have long trousers but flip flops are fine. No vest tops. Women can wear long dresses below the knee but shoulders must be covered and a scarf is not allowed to do so. Interesting place and allow at least two hours. Very busy at times. Tourist are charged 500 bharts but definitely worth visiting
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 August 2023
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ben12213
Frankfurt, Germany2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
great experience ,, if u ever visit bangkok this is defenitly a must do trip ,,, kind staf and guide and very polite group ,,
Written 27 May 2024
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Davide G
Palermo, Italy3,570 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Great complex, full of history and attractions. Huge, it takes few hours to be enjoyed. Ticket is reasonable and it worths the price. Umbrellas for sun are provided!
Written 27 May 2024
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MD. EKRAMUL HAQUE
Dhaka City, Bangladesh553 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The Grand Palace in Bangkok is a stunning complex that served as the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) for over 150 years. It's renowned for its intricate architecture, vibrant colors, and historical significance.

The dazzling, spectacular Grand Palace is undoubtedly the most famous landmark in Bangkok. It’s one must-see sight that no visit to the city would be complete without. It was built in 1782 and for 150 years was the home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government.

The Grand Palace of Bangkok is a grand old dame indeed, that continues to have visitors in awe with its beautiful architecture and intricate detail, all of which is a proud salute to the creativity and craftsmanship of the Thai people. Within its walls were also the Thai war ministry, state departments, and even the mint. Today, the complex remains the spiritual heart of the Thai Kingdom.
Written 12 May 2024
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BigbossGoa
Goa, India176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
A must visit site which is usually not included in conducted tours mostly because it has a costly entry fee (700 Baht entry fee per person) but it's really worth to visit the grand palace area. Here you also visit the famous Emerald Buddha temple. Bangkok visit cannot be complete without a visit to grand palace
Written 9 May 2024
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Dré
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Very nice Palace with lots of Thai ancient history but our visit were ruined the first time by the ****** scammers at the front of this building. We've got there by taxi and the guy dressed in shirt looked like facility employee (but we couldn't verify is of course) stopped us and told us that Palace is closed due to some religious activities. He told us that we can go for a long tail boat trip instead and once we're back the Palace will be open again. Wel... we fell into this scam like 5 years old child unfortunately...
The good thing was that we also planned this long tail boat trip anyway so there was no big damage but not at that moment.
So next day we went back to the Palace and of course, the Palace was closed again!!! But this time I've moved this idiot aside and went to the entrance. And guess wat, Palace was open! Magic!!!
One advice if you don't visit this place with a group. On the way to the entrance you can see some freelance guides which ask you if you need any assistance. In this case we took an English speaking guide and we didn't regret it. He guided us around the whole Palace and told a lot of stories from ancient history of this place. We've payed 1000 bath, I don't know if this is a lot or not but it was definitely worth it (€25 for almost 1,5 hrs tour).
PS. 4* because of the scam
Written 7 May 2024
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Flobulous
Toronto, Canada45 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
There were a lot of people at the palace. Navigating through the crowds in the humidity and heat with limited shade is not for the light of heart, and not stroller or kid friendly for those with young families. PSA: wear clothing with sleeves and long pants, they are strict about the dress code. If you don't have long pants, there are street vendors right outside the entrance selling rayon pants for about $4USD.
Written 1 May 2024
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Howard L
Park Ridge, IL1,057 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The Grand Palace is an impressive and colorful site and definitely worth seeing.  There is a bit of walking and it’s good to have a hat or sun screen when walking about.
Written 23 April 2024
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Kaenda
Sydney, Australia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The intricate details, shimmering gold, and vibrant colors of the Grand Palace left us in awe. A definite must-see in Bangkok!
Written 23 April 2024
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laura h
59 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
No visit to Bangkok is complete without a visit to the Grand Palace. The whole complex is absolutely beautiful with a range of different sections to visit.
The Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles which is located at the Ratsadakhorn-Bhibhathana Building inside the palace complex and holds beautiful outfits worn by Her Majesty Queen Sirikit along with very informative section about the different materials, designs with interactive areas too. The staff there are very pleasant and spend a long time sharing their knowledge with our children who asked questions.
The temple of the emerald buddha is beautiful and jaw dropping to think that it was carved from one piece of jade.
The reclining buddha is equally as impressive if a little busy.

The ticket price of 500bht also includes a trip to the theatre to enjoy some cultural dance. There is a complementary bus just outside the palace which takes you to the show (see times on the board by the payment desk) although you will need your own transport back.

Allow a good 2-3 hours to properly enjoy this site.

Top Tips:
Please dress conservatively as you are visiting a religious site. Men must have long trousers on and women must cover legs to below the knee. Clothing should be loose, so leave the skinny jeans or leggings at home. Shoulders should be covered too and footwear should ensure the foot is covered - no flip flops. If you are not you will be rightfully denied access or have to purchase the 'tourist elephant' pant or shirt.

You will have to remove your footwear prior to entering the temple and you can collect them on exiting. You can leave these on racks outside.

Arrive early to avoid the larger tourist groups.

Don't forget your camera.
Written 19 April 2024
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Shelley M
Albany, New Zealand882 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
First visit to Thailand, you can't not see the grand palace. Even though we were quite early, it gets packed very quickly. So much to see and very hard to get good photos due to the size and the people in the way trying to do exactly what you are doing. Stunning and well worth a couple of hours to wander around. The emerald buddha was much smaller than I had imagined. Guards were doing a march in formation which was quite cool to see as well. It does get very hot.
Written 19 April 2024
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