Royal Palace in Bangkok
Royal Palace in Bangkok is one of the major tourist attractions not just in the city, but also in the entire Thailand. Popularly known as the Grand Palace, it is the home of the king as well as the government’s administrative seat. The entire construction is still treated as the spiritual core of the kingdom of Thailand, though the palace is no longer a full time residence of the kings, since the 12th century. The crenellated walls indicate different state departments and war ministries of the country.
The construction work on the palace was started in 1782 and eternal materials were used throughout the entire architecture. After the coronation, King Rama I shifted to the mansions of the palace. It established the tradition that the rulers of the royal family will reside in this palace for generations. The land of the original palace was expanded by many royal family generations and now the total area of the palace land has exceeded sixty acres, which used to be fifty acres.
Chakri Maha Prasat is the centrally positioned construction in the palace, which was developed during the dynasty of the kingship of Rama V. It is a major attraction of the palace. There are numerous constructions, halls and residences in the Royal Palace that catch the attention of the visitors. Phra Maha Monthain is located in the central part of the palace and it is one of the first few buildings developed by King Rama I. The Phra Maha Prasat group includes two constructions developed by King Rama I. The eleven constructions that belong to the Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat group were developed by King Rama. At present, there are only three buildings out of eleven.
The entire Ratanakosin Island including the palace complex is constructed following the Ayutthaya palaces’ outline. The main entrance of the palace is the Outer Court that used to be the place where several government departments were positioned such as the treasury, army and the civil administration. The king’s attendance was regular in these departments. At one corner of the complex, just beside the Outer Court, you can find the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Do visit this temple to get the blessings of the lord. To enter the temple, you have to pay 350 Baht.
Moving towards the Central Court, you will visit the place that used to be the halls and residence of the king. Several state businesses were situated in these halls. After reaching the Central Court, take a look at the fronts of the construction. Visit the two throne halls in this part of the palace that are opened for public viewing. However, make sure to visit on the weekdays to see these two throne halls.
Friends, in a traditional picture!
Move towards the Inner Court, which is positioned behind the Central Court. This section used to be the place where the wives of the kings and their daughters used to live. This section was like a city that belonged to women and under aged boys. This court is now vacant and it is closed for public display.