|Chakri Maha Prasat Hall at the Grand Palace|
Operating Hours: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm everyday (unless used for state functions)
Why go: the smorgasbord of Thai art, the emerald Buddha
Best time to go: early morning or late afternoon to avoid the heat
Tip: use comfortable walking shoes and bring an umbrella
True to its name, the Grand Palace is the epitome of GRANDEUR. Even from outside the walls, the colors and architecture of wats (temples) will just draw you in. Below is an image map of the Grand Palace. Don't worry, you get one after you buy your ticket.
|Grand Palace Map|
The public entrance is through Viseschaisri Gate. The boat station when you cross the river coming from Wat Arun is a only a couple of minutes from the Grand Palace. Just follow the sea of people walking to the entrance.
The ticket office is at the end of the courtyard. Buy your ticket and enter the mini temple complex. You'll find yourself looking at images after images of red and gold. Then you'll discover that everything just gets better and more colorful as you go along.
|The view from the courtyard|
|Buddhas at the Grand Palace|
|Welcome to the Grand Palace|
|That's me at the Grand Palace|
|The Golden Pantheon at the Grand Palace|
|Rajkaranyasapha Hall at the Grand Palace|