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Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Bangkok | Architecture - Religious Art
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There are plenty of reasons why the Grand Palace is the number one tourist attraction in Bangkok. Historically important, architecturally beautiful and spiritually significant, the Grand Palace has been at the heart of Bangkok since the city was founded by King Rama I in 1782. The Grand Palace is actually a collection of buildings which includes throne halls, royal residences, temples and administration offices. The oldest buildings are constructed in classic Siamese style and date back to the 18th century and the reign of King Rama I. Other structures with more of a Western influence were added in the early 1900s during the reign of King Rama V.

Neatly enclosed by high, white-washed walls, the Grand Palace complex covers an area of over 200,000 square metres. The Thai royal family no longer live here, but some of the buildings are used for royal ceremonies and to host visiting Heads of State and dignitaries. The meticulously manicured palace grounds are full of intricate details and symbolism from Buddhism and the Jataka tales which recount the previous lives of the Buddha. Visitors will see golden kinnarees and giant guardian figures known as yaksha which are there to ward away evil spirits. Elephants also feature prominently in the palace grounds signifying royal connections and the importance the creature has played in Thai history.

Part of the Grand Palace complex, Wat Phra Kaeo (referred to more formally as Wat Phra Sri Ratanasasdaram) is the holiest Buddhist temple in Thailand and home to the revered Emerald Buddha image. The origin of the diminutive Emerald Buddha is uncertain. Some experts believe the statue originated from Sri Lanka whilst others claim it was crafted on Thai soil in the 14th century.

08:30 - 15:30

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  • Name: Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha
  • Address: Na Phra Lan Rd - Phra Nakhon - 10200 - Bangkok - Thaïlande
  • Phone: (66) 2 623 5500


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