A centrepiece of Bangkok’s Royal heritage and a major tourist attraction, The Grand Palace was constructed in 1792 when King Rama 1 moved the capital from Thonburi. Today, the palace has an area of 218,400 square meters and is surrounded by walls spanning some 1,900 meters, which encapsulate government offices, the Royal Chapel, and residences. The plan of the Grand Palace closely mimics that of the old palace in Ayutthaya, with a rectangular shape, divided into three quarters: the outer quarters, the middle quarters and the inner quarters. Each quarter is a photographer’s dream, housing lavishly decorated temples, stunning murals, relics of yesteryear and traditional Thai mythical creatures and architecture.
The photogenic palace is still used for Royal functions, including coronations, funerals, marriages and state banquets. Guests should pay close attention to the strict attire requirements and take special care to be respectful at all times. Admission is 500THB for adults and includes entry to the palace, the Vimanmek Mansion Museum, and The Royal Thai Decoration and Coin Pavilion.