Grand Palace Bangkok Tour
- Location: Bangkok Province
- Highlights: Grand Palace, The Emerald Buddha, Temples
- Free pick-up/drop-off within 3 km of the city center.
- English-speaking local tour guide.
- Private Tour
This tour will introduce you to the beauty of Thailand, in all its glory. We will visit Buddhist temples, a palace complex and take in the Thai culture and traditions for which the city is known.
The Grand Palace Bangkok is no longer the actual royal residence, but it is still a powerful symbol of the old kingdom. On this trip, we will also see the historically and religiously relevant sights such as the Wat Phra Kaew Temple of the Emerald Buddha the most sacred temple in Thailand, along with the Royal Throne Hall, the Funeral Hall and other Grand Palace sights.
The Grand Palace Bangkok
The Grand Palace is a complex of buildings in the heart of Bangkok. It was built in 1782 by King Rama I as a royal residence and seat of government. Since then, more than 30 kings have lived and worked there. The Grand Palace is a synthesis of Thai architectural styles that also includes influences from Chinese, Ayutthaya, Khmer and European architecture. The palace grounds have been beautifully maintained.
Wat Phra Kaew – Temple of the Emerald Buddha
Located in the complex Grand Palace is the famous Emerald Buddha, a 66 cm tall statue made of jasper and other semi-precious stones, dressed in gold and sitting in a meditating position. Wat Phra Kaew was built in 1782 on the orders of King Rama I.
The Emerald Buddha is the most revered Buddha image in Thailand and is an important symbol of Buddhism and Thai identity.
The king changes the costume of the Buddha according to the weather of each season. There are three different costumes of the Emerald Buddha, one for each season: hot summer season, rainy season and cold winter season. When the king is sitting in the Grand Palace Throne Hall, the Buddha is dressed in a costume.
The Emerald Buddha is a symbol of peace and harmony. Many people describe the temple as stunning and angelic because of the amazing design and intricate decoration.
The Demon Guardians
At the gate of the gallery, six guardians stand together, many of them facing the Emerald Buddha Chapel, protecting Emerald Buddha from evil spirits. The demon statues were erected during the reign of King Rama III. Each represents an important figure from Rammakian literature, the most important literature during the reign of King Rama I.
And the other architectural marvels
There are over 22 buildings to visit at Grand Palace. You will be overwhelmed by the magnificent architecture and beautiful works of art.
The following tour will introduce you to the history of this complex of buildings. Our expert guide will take you behind the scenes and show you what happens inside this mysterious building: how a work of art is unveiled for all to see and which way is paved with gold. From the inside, you’ll get a detailed look at life behind the palace walls as well as amazing views of all of Bangkok.
Duration: Half Day (9 AM – 12 PM and 1 PM – 4 PM)
9 AM : Meet in your hotel lobby. We’ll head to Rattanakosin Island, Bangkok’s predecessor and historic district. We will; visit The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
- Grand Palace Architecture
- The Temple of The Emerald Buddha
- The Demon Guardians
- Phra Ubosot or The Chapel of The Emerald Buddha
- The hermit figure
- Hor Phra Rajkoramanusorn and Hor Phra Rajphongsanusorn
- Phra Siratana Chedi
- Phra Mondop
- Phra Bussabok
- Prasat Phra Dhepbidorn or The Royal Pantheon
- Model of Angor Wat
- Phra Asadha Maha Chedi
- Hor Phra Naga
- Phra Wiharn Yod
- Hor Phra Monthian Dharma
- Hor Phra Gandhararat
- The gallery and Ramakien Story
- Phra Maha Mountain Group
- Hor Sastrakom
- Dusita Phirom Hall
- Chakri Maha Prasat Hall
- Dusit Maha Prasat Hall
11 AM : Next we’ll take a stroll down the Royal Way, Ratchadumnoen Road. On this road, you’ll be able to see many monuments, examples of Thai architecture and famous landmarks such as the Parliament Hall, Anantasamkhom Palace and the Chitlada Palace King’s Residence. We’ll even see the Boxing Hall.
12 PM : Return to your accommodation
- A free pick-up and drop-off service is included in the city center
- Drop off time may vary due to traffic
- Exact pick up and drop off time will be confirmed via email
- Modern, air-conditioned vehicles with skilled drivers
- English-speaking guide
- All admission fees as mentioned in the program
- Personal expenses such as drinks, tips, etc
- All optional tours
- Other services not mentioned in the program
What to Bring
- Please dress appropriately for temple visits; do not wear shorts, or sandals
- Dress for the weather: hat, cap and umbrella may be helpful
- Wear comfortable walking shoes that you can slip on and off
- Certain sites may be closed during royal ceremonies and holidays
- Cameras might not be allowed in all buildings
- Child Price - Children 3 and under: Free - Children 4-10: 25% off the regular price - Children 10+: Regular price
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