The Grand Palace in Bangkok is probably the major tourist attraction of Bangkok. It is famous for its impressive buildings and its unique blend of Thai and Western architecture. Wat Phra Kaeo is renowned as the most beautiful and important Buddhist temple in Thailand. It enshrines Phra Kaeo Morakot, the highly revered Buddha image carved from a single block of emerald.
The land on which the Palace stands had earlier been occupied by the Chinese community. Construction began in 1782 and was completed in time for the coronation of King Rama I. The Grand Palace is open between 8:30 and 15:30; proper attire is required for visitors (shorts, miniskirts and slippers are not allowed - long trousers, skirts and 'proper' shoes can be rented for free in the palace).

01 Change of the guard 02 Grand Palace 03 Golden chedi Phra Sri Rattana 04 Roofs with chofas 05 Grand Palace
06 Giant demon Thotkhirithon guarding an exit 07 Golden Kinnara statue 08 Golden Kinnara statue 09 Golden window decoration 10 Wall paintings with Ramayana scenes
11 Wall paintings with Ramayana scenes 12 Golden Kinnara statue 13 Roofs with chofas 14 Spires 15 Royal emblem
16 Chakri Mahaprasad hall 17 Chakri Mahaprasad hall 18 Golden chedi Phra Sri Rattana 19 Golden chedi Phra Sri Rattana 20 Golden chedi Phra Sri Rattana
21 Details of golden guard 22 Khon figure guarding a golden stupa 23 Prang spires 24 Prang spires
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