The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace
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8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
About
Established in 1782, this ceremonial residence of the Kings of Thailand features several magnificent buildings like the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Take your time to explore the imposing courtyards and visit the major landmarks within the Grand Palace complex. Visit the Queen Sirikit Museum, where you can view the stunning textiles on display. Don't miss Khon Performances—known as the Thailand's masked dance drama—at Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre. You can take a guided tour to learn more about the palace’s magnificent history. Visitors are expected to keep their legs and shoulders covered in the complex. – Tripadvisor
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  • DSS88
    Bali, Indonesia39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Architecture, combination of English - Thai - French
    A place where you can understand and learn Thai rich cultural history. I suggest you book a tour with local tour guide. We see how the early Thai is being formed. Rich of architecture history, influence and how the close relationship between Ming dynasty has shaping the modern Thai.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 March 2023
  • Steve D
    Divonne-les-Bains, France819 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Probably one of top places to see in the world
    After last visiting 40 years ago I guess I was not surprised it was just as I remembered it. Full of wonder & history..... clearly it is being well maintained which is good to see. So much to see & do that I would not be surprised if we missed a few things. Very busy still as breath-taking as our last visit. Can't see anyone visiting Bangkok not going here
    Visited March 2023
    Written 6 March 2023
  • Al ulysses M
    10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The place is what it is- Grand!
    The Grand palace is a must visit. The structures are majestic and awe-inspiring. Best to go there in the morning, where the temperature is not that hot yet. Be sure to bring a head gear or umbrella to somehow shield you from the scorching heat.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 8 March 2023
  • Curious801439
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Independent travel to Grand Palace
    Got let down last minute by a tour company so decided to go on my own. Easily got the river bus for 16 tbh and a short walk got me to the Palace. Found a guide outside for 800 tbh, ticket to see Palace (including green Buddha and wonderful textile exhibition itinerary with Queen Mother's exquisite outfits) 500 tbh. It was fantastic and so pleased I did it this way as tours cost much more.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 March 2023
  • rdkjsd
    71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots to see
    Ticket includes Grand Palace grounds, Emerald Buddha, Textile Museum, and Khon Performance at Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theater. Go early before it gets too crowded/hot. Strict dress code. Beautiful buildings. Textile Museum is also worth visiting. There is a free shuttle bus from the Grand Palace to the Royal Theater to watch the performance. THB 500/person. Credit card accepted.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 March 2023
  • mzmarg0
    Brisbane, Australia67 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely a must visit when in Bangkok
    We simply got a taxi to get there since it was so hot. Entry is 500 baht per person which gives you admission to the Grand Palace Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Queen Sirikit Textile Museum on the day. Also admission to the Land Art Museum at Koh Krad Arts and Crafts Center and finally for watching khon show at the Royal Theater Sala Chalermkrung only Monday – Friday (a shuttle bus at the entrance will take you to the khon show for free). A lot to see here over a very large area, too much to list, but well worth the trip. You can sign up for a free tour when inside the complex which took about 40 minutes. Turn left on exit and it's a short walk to the river. Someone tried to sell us a 15 minute trip on the river back to near our hotel for 1200 baht, gave that a miss! I believe you can get a public river bus for less than 20baht although we did not try this.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 19 March 2023
  • BTS1972
    Munich, Germany3,480 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Large complex with smaragd buddha as highlight
    The large complex also hosts the temple of the smaragd buddha - in my eyes the highlight of the temple complex. But the "minor" temples and the paintings on the arcaded sidewalks are also worth seeing. The place building itself is less interesting compared of the temples. All included, the entrance fee of THB 500 is quite substantial for Thai standards, but worth it. While you can try going there without reservation on weekdays, you should definitely book an online reservation for the weekends. As this is the major attraction of Bangkok, beware of greedy cab drivers. I only except meter cabs, best ordered directly out of the running traffic. Never take Tuck Tucks.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 20 March 2023
  • MontySpi
    Toronto, Canada435 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do not miss the Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theater included in the palace entry fee
    If you are in Bangkok for only 1 day, this is the 1 thing to see Spectacular palace and temple. You can spend hours, if not days, trying to see everything, so pick a few key places to invest your time - if you do not see the Emerald Buddha temple, you will have missed the most famous sight. There is a complimentary Khon Performance at Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theater included in the palace entry fee, but at a different location. Time your departure from the palace to get on the free shuttle bus to see the show (a history of dance in Thailand). After the show, grab the shuttle back to the palace - so unless your hotel is near the theatre, do not attend the last show of the day.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 26 March 2023
  • mfilcol2014
    Lisbon, Portugal1,018 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do not miss
    The Grand Palace is the most visited monument in Bangkok. It is a huge complex of temples, palaces, statues and art. Not to be missed if you visit the city. The biggest temple is the temple of the Emerald Buddha, but there are other smaller temples equally beautiful in the religious part of the complex. The various palaces with different architectures depending on the time they were built are beautiful (it's a pity you can't visit the interior) A piece of advice: you don't need a guide. Go by yourself and enjoy it at your leisure. .The guides want to get everything done quickly (plus it saves money)
    Visited January 2023
    Written 27 March 2023
  • Licia W
    Halifax, United Kingdom1,469 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see
    Excellent. Lots to see. Fantastic buildings. Go early to avoid the queues (and get better photos). Remember to wear trousers/ knee coverings not just the women, but men as well. They are very strict and will turn you away. At the time of our visit it was also compulsory to wear face masks.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 March 2023
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malgorzata71
London, United Kingdom79 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The place was very busy and overcrowded. It was impossible to admire its beauty. Rather disappointing experience and not worth the effort.
Written 29 February 2024
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MrMrsHappyR
Liverpool, UK1,223 contributions
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Feb 2024 • Couples
This is a beautiful palace. Huge and guarded by long white walls. The really important thing here is this place gets absolutely full with people that there are huge queues and traffic. If you are traveling by coach or taxi it takes ages to get along the road to the temple. So get here very early!!
Written 29 February 2024
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Liane t
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This is really beautiful place. I got the local guide accompanied with me so we got a lot of useful information. I highly recommend you should come with a guide to make your trip more special and meaningful
Written 24 February 2024
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Rajendra K
Kathmandu, Nepal39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Very good and amazing place. The place was very busy and crowded. lots of people were inside the place, which is good for them. But there was a problem with the english speaking guide. it would be very perfect if we could get english guide who can explain its history, culture and architucture of this place.
Written 22 February 2024
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Erica
England, UK67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is a must when visiting Bangkok. One of the most beautiful sites I have ever visited. It gets very busy and very hot, so be prepared.
Written 19 February 2024
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HMKaren
Los Angeles, CA895 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Words just can't do justice to this one. The Grand Palace in Bangkok is a huge complex of spectacularly beautiful buildings. Of all the palaces I've seen, I'd say this one and Topkapi in Istanbul are the most magnificent. You have to see this one!

A few basics first: Respectful dress required---this means pants down to your ankles, shoulders covered, etc. 500 Baht entry feel, and that gets you in to the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles too. The Palace grounds open at 8:30 daily. Finally, you don't get to enter the palace buildings, but I promise that doesn't matter! You are going to see a ton of incredibly beautiful stuff!!!!

The colors and textures are so rich, really spectacular. The larger-than-life guardians were my favorites! There are lots of them. Give yourself a couple of hours. And it gets hot! But you can stop for water and find shady spots. There are also lots of cute kitties running around, that's always a bonus I enjoy.

Quick word on the Queen Sirikit Museum. She's the Queen Mother now I guess. In her younger days she was a really beautiful woman and quite a fashion icon. Her dresses are unbelievable! They don't let you take pictures, too bad. But damn her dresses/shoes/hats/handbags were a treat!
Written 17 February 2024
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belfastim
belfast345 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Amazing array of beautiful buildings and architecture. Very busy place and long trousers for all except kids. Would recommend as a day out.
Written 17 February 2024
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ΘΕΜΗΣ Κ
Volos, Greece113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
THE GRAND PALACE IS A COMLEX OF BUILDINGS AT THE HEART OF BANGKOK. THE PALACE HAS BEEN THE OFFICIAL RESIDENCE OF THE KINGS OF SIAM (AND LATER THAILAND) SINCE 1782.
Written 14 February 2024
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Jouni L
Turku, Finland797 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Beautiful palace with many interesting buildings and a temple right next to the palace. You can visit the temple and palace during one visit. Decent clothing is required e.g., long trousers for men.
Written 11 February 2024
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TSinParis
Paris, France2,087 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
As this is a 'must see' while in Bangkok we thought that we had to go there. But personally we could have skipped the visit and gone somewhere else. The place was jam packed, the guards shout at people and there are no signs or posters indicating what you are looking at. You can, however, get a free brochure with some explanations. But there are so many people that you cannot really enjoy anything and given the relatively hight price, there are many other temples and buildings in Thailand just as interesting and free and no crowds - so I was quite disappointed. Also, as other TA reviewers have noted, there are many scams outside - as we walked from our metro stop, several people told us that the palace was closed and that they could take us somewhere else. We just ignored them. Yes the buildings are nice to look at, but it felt much more like a Disneyland experience versus a cultural or religious one.
Written 10 February 2024
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