Bangkok Excursions

ROYAL GRAND PALACE

Royal Grand Palace

The Grand Palace  is a complex of buildings at the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. The palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) since 1782. The king, his court and his royal government were based on the grounds of the palace until 1925. King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), resided at the Chitralada Royal Villa and his successor King Vajiralongkorn (Rama X) at the Amphorn Sathan Residential Hall, both in the Dusit Palace, but the Grand Palace is still used for official events. Several royal ceremonies and state functions are held within the walls of the palace every year. The palace is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand.

Construction of the palace began on 6 May 1782, at the order of King Phutthayotfa Chulalok (Rama I), the founder of the Chakri Dynasty, when he moved the capital city from Thonburi to Bangkok. Throughout successive reigns, many new buildings and structures were added, especially during the reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V). By 1925, the king, the Royal Family and the government were no longer permanently settled at the palace, and had moved to other residences. After the abolition of absolute monarchy in 1932, all government agencies completely moved out of the palace.

In shape, the palace complex is roughly rectangular and has a combined area of 218,400 square meters (2,351,000 sq ft), surrounded by four walls. It is situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya Riverat the heart of the Rattanakosin Island, today in the Phra Nakhon District. The Grand Palace is bordered by Sanam Luang and Na Phra Lan Road to the north, Maharaj Road to the west, Sanam Chai Road to the east and Thai Wang Road to the south.

Rather than being a single structure, the Grand Palace is made up of numerous buildings, halls, pavilions set around open lawns, gardens and courtyards. Its asymmetry and eclectic styles are due to its organic development, with additions and rebuilding being made by successive reigning kings over 200 years of history. It is divided into several quarters: the Temple of the Emerald Buddha; the Outer Court, with many public buildings; the Middle Court, including the Phra Maha Monthien Buildings, the Phra Maha Prasat Buildings and the Chakri Maha Prasat Buildings; the Inner Court and the Siwalai Gardens quarter. The Grand Palace is currently partially open to the public as a museum, but it remains a working palace, with several royal offices still situated inside.

Destination: Thailand - Bangkok

Tour Category: Half Day Tour

Price: 1,150 THB/Adult and 1,000 THB/Child

Duration: Open daily from Morning 07.00-12.00 hrs. Afternoon 11.00-16.00 hrs

Details:

07:30: Pick up from the various hotel

09:30: Group will be transferred to Wat Phra Kaew , the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which houses the wold's most precious image of the Lord Buddha, the 75cm statue of jade sits atop a 11m golden pedestal, surrounded by lavish murals and richly decorated pavilions.

10:00: Then group will be moved to visit the Grand Palace which encompass several major buildings. The most prominent buildings include the Throne Hall, the Reception Hall and the Coronation Hall

11:00: Depart for Gem Factory to see the creation of jewelery and shopping.

12:00: Return to the hotel

Itinerary:

"This is draft itinerary only program subject to change due to traffic and logistic on that day"

Inclusions:

Transportation

English speaking guide

Exclusions :

Tip guide and driver

Child policy:

Child over than 100 cms. We will charge as adult rate

Pick up area in Bangkok:

Sukhumvit Soi 1-33 and 2-24, Silom, Sathorn, Prathunam, Petchburi Road

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