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Area (sq km): 514,000
Population: 65,444,371
Nationality: Thai
Local Name: Thailand
Language: Thai,
Chinese,
Malay
Time Zone: +7 GMT
Currency: 1 bhat = 100 stang
Rate: www.xe.com
Capital: Bangkok
Dialling Code: +66
Electricity: 220V/50Hz
Internet Code: .th
Religion: Buddhist,
Muslim
Climate: Monsoon,
Tropical Equatorial
Government: Constitutional Monarchy
Inoculations: Yellow Fever
Driving: Left
Int'l License: Required
Banking: M-F 8.30-15.30
Major Airports: Bangkok(BKK),
Chiang Mai(CNX),
Pattaya(UTP),
Phuket(HKT)

Grand Palace Bangkok Complex from apartments for rent in Bangkok

Thailand is indeed a magical place for travellers in Thailand bungalows. Scenes from the classic film "The King and I" come to mind when one encounters the strikingly beautiful edifices built in the Grand Palace Bangkok complex. The gleaming golden roofs and spires seem as if they were out of a fairytale. With apartments for rent in Bangkok, there's no excuse for not planning a visit to this fabulous palace complex.

Bangkok Grand Palace
Bangkok Grand Palace

Grand Palace Bangkok

The Grand Palace Bangkok complex, covering 218,000 square metres approximately, is situated on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River, with apartment for rent in Bangkok nearby, and is surrounded by walls. The history of this marvellous site dates back to 1782 during the reign of King Rama I. The complex is the most visited site in Bangkok and is open daily to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

In the past the Grand Palace Bangkok was the residence of the kings of Siam and also housed the government offices. Nowadays it is used for state ceremonies only. Areas of great interest are the impressive Royal Coronation Hall, which holds the mother of pearl royal throne. Also visit the Outer Court, where the government’s various departments had their offices.

The Inner Court, which was the home of the King’s wives, daughters and young sons, is not open to the public. A mixture of Thai and European architectural styles can be appreciated throughout the palace.

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Close to the Grand Palace, King Rama I built the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which is perhaps the most attractive building of the complex. It holds the beautiful jade statue of Buddha, measuring approximately 45 centimetres. This is the most revered image of Buddha in Thailand and for its protection, it is kept in a glass box.

There are some unique statues around the amazing Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which represent mythical creatures. To enter the temple, visitors must follow the dress code and behave respectfully at all times. Photographs are not allowed inside the temple. Remember that it is very important to respect the culture and traditions, when visiting the Grand Palace Bangkok and other sights around Bangkok. Stay in Thailand bungalows or apartments for rent in Bangkok with VillasPeople.com.

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