The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew @Bangkok
When saying the name of Wat Phra Kaew and The Grand Palace, for Thai peoples be familiar with both of these places and someone used to visit to these places also. It considered as the top travel destination of Thailand since the early of Ratthanakosin period.
“Wat Phra Kaew” or “Wat Phra Sri RattanaSatsadaram” was built together with The Grand Palace in the same time that was established by King Rama 1 in 1782 and be in the style of Ayutthaya period which was the temple in the royal territory.
On this temple be the place for enshrined “the Emerald Buddha Image” or “Phra Buddha Maha Mani Ratana Patimakorn”, as the temple that has no living quarters for Buddhist monks.
For the Grand Palace is the place for the traditional royal ceremony and reception for foreigner envoys or the royal guest including place for the royal cremation ceremony of member of the royal majesty family.
When walking inside the palace, everyone has to received dressing or costume by palace officer. If your dressing wrongly or improperly, it has service for clothing borrow lending. By keeping your passport with 100 baht as a guarantee.
And then keep going straight to the route, you will come across to the palace door. However, for the tourist must buy the entrance ticket.
Having to walked into the palace first, then you will see the ticket office for the tourists.
The entering fee for Thai peoples, the route on the left side.
When you passed in the point of ticket checkpoint, just look at the left side then will see the Phra Siratana Chedi that was erected by King Rama 4 in 1855. As the large golden stupa and within enshrined the relics of the Lord Buddha and has a circular base and bell shape with the Ceyloneses style.
On the left side, there are the brochure in Thai, English, Chinese and Japanese version and free for visitors.
“Pra Ubosot” or “The Chapel of the Emerald Buddha” located at the central of Wat Phra Keaw” that was built by King Rama 1 in order to enshrined “Phra Putta Maha Mani Rattana Patimakorn” or “the Emerald Buddha”. Which brought from Laos to enshrined at Wat Arun at first and after transfer to enshrined at Wat Phra Kaew in currant.
“The Emerald Buddha” or “Phra Putta Maha Mani Rattana Patimakorn” as Buddha image which was carved from a block of jasper and was enshrined at Wat Arun formerly. After that, Wat Phra Kaew was finished, has been transfer to enshrined at Wat Phra Kaew instead by King Rama 1.
About costume of the Emerald Buddha is difference in three costumes that divide by one of each season, they are summer, rainy season and winter. And the ceremony of changing the costume of the Emerald Buddha since was in the period of King Rama1. For this ceremony, the king will change the costume by himself every time, and if the king can not come with himself then will pleased for the royal family to perform royal duties instead on him.
For the costumes that has not been changed Was preserved and exhibited at the royal palace hall Decoration and Thai coins within the grand palace for the people can appreciate.
For tourist can be ale to visit inside the Emerald Buddha hall
and not allowed to take the picture or record anything.
The Belfry tower, constructed by King Rama 4 and decorated with color porcelain mosaics and rung shape.
Phasat Phra Dhepbidorn or the Royal Pantheon.
Be the only place in Wat Phra Kaew that is the pavilion with shape of jaturamuk and the top roof inspire of hollow spear. This place was constructed by King Rama 4. And the reign of King Rama 5 and King Rama 6 turned this building to be the Royal Pantheon of all Kings in the Bangkok period. At present, eight statues of the previous Kings are enshrined inside this building. And determined that the 6th is Chakri Memorial Day in every year, since 1918 up to now.
The Prasat Phra Dhepbidorn or The Royal Pantheon is open especially in important day of Thai such as Chakri Memorial Day that open for seven days in each time.
The Demon Guardians or The Giants that standing at the gate, there are six pairs of them and were built in the reign of King Rama 3 and each one is an important character in Rammakian story.
In the area of Belfry, there is signpost to guideline for tourist.
The exit door into the Grand Palace.
For the Grand Palace is the royal residence of the kings in the Rattanakosin period, since King Rama 1 up to King Rama 5 and created with establishment of Rattanakosin city. Primarily, consist of 3 part are Phra Maha Phrasat, Phra Ratch Montien Stan and Wat Phra SiratanaSatsadaram.
In currant, the Grand Palace is the place for the traditional royal ceremony and reception for foreigner envoys or the royal guest including place for the royal cremation ceremony of member of the royal majesty family. And the royal territory divide with 3 part are exterior, middle and interior.
The exterior territory, from the area of the Wiset Chai Si door including the outer area of the grand palace’s inner wall. At present, be the location of others government office such as the bureau of the royal house hold, the office of his majesty’s principal private secretary and the royal institute.
The middle territory, from the area of the Wiset Chai Si door to Sanam Rajakit door and place for various traditional ceremony such as ceremony for the coronation of the king and the celebration ofthe coronation.
In the middle territory is the location of the Royal Palace, which consists of Phra Maha Montien Chakri Throne Hall, Maha Prasat Phra Maha Prasat and the Sivalai Garden Throne Hall.
The Chakri Maha PrasatThrone Hall built after the creation of the Grand Palace That was created during the reign of King Rama 5 in 1869.
Originally, King Rama 5 please created this throne hall in the western style. However, Somdet Chao Phraya Borom Mahasri Suriyawong (Chaung Bunnak) prostrate to ask to build a castle peak. Therefore, this Throne Hall as the style of Thai architecture combined with Western. And this throne used as a place to storage the ashes of the King Rama 4, King Rama 5, King Rama 6, King Rama 7, King Rama 8, King Rama 9 and many royal family members.
The Inner territory, from the gate of the Sanam Rajakit to Thaew Teng (Long tenement building that was the palace wall in the reign of King Rama 1) on the south side is area for women and the male who are up to 13 years are prohibited from entering. (Except the King) as the location of the royal residence of Phra Maha Vadhana, the royal lady, the royal daughter, the dowager, the prince, the vassal, and the civil servant. Which is currently not used as the residence of royalty.
At present, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace, there are the area that have been many renovations. Therefore, the throne hall and some places cannot be able to visit.
And if tourists who would like to visit this place, TUKTUK STUDIO recommends you to planning a trip in advance. Where to go? What to do next? in order not to waste time there.
The entrance ticket: foreigners 500 baht (able to visit Wat Phra Kaew, The Grand Palace and Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall and due to the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall was closed for renovation; The Royal Household Office has been provided a replacement is Khon pantomime show instead. The tourists can receive a ticket to see the pantomime show at Sala Chalermkrung. By showcasing every Monday – Friday 5 rounds per day as follows: 10.30 am / 1 pm / 2:30 pm. (There will be a pick-up service in front of the gate at the exit of the palace gate.)
Recommendation: Dress politely and properly. Do not wear a shoulder open shirt or cross body, miniskirts, shorts or the plants lacking in fashion and should wear polite shoes.
- Do not use the flash for photographing the mural.
- Within the whole building in particular, the chapel of the temple is strictly prohibited. If violating, will immediately seize the device.
Open every day from 8.30am. to 3.30 pm. (For Wat Phra Kaew) and 4.30 pm. (for the palace)