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Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew

Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew

Tourism Authority of Thailand


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Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew

Thanon Na Phra Lan

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Hours:  Daily 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Price:  $15

Type:  Monuments & Historic Sites

A visit to the kingdom's holiest temple is a must for any first-time visitor. And despite the throngs of tourists who come here, the entire palace compound can be enjoyed in relative peace if you get here when it opens at 8:30 a.m. More than a mile of walls shelter what was once an enclosed city of royal chambers, grand halls and a prison. Today, only a portion of the 61-acre site is open to the public, but there is still plenty to see. The dazzling Emerald Temple (Wat Phra Kaeo) houses a tiny Buddha atop a huge raised alter in the main temple hall. The king is the only person allowed to touch the statue, and three times a year he changes its robes in a religious ceremony. Also be sure to see the throne hall (Dusit Maha Prasat) with its traditional gold and green towers and a gilded spire shaped like a king's crown.
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Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew
Thanon Na Phra Lan
Bangkok

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