The most distinctive and important structures in the whole Kingdom of Thailand is the historical Royal Grand Palace complex in Bangkok. The gleaming radiance of its golden roofs and spires awed visitors and locals for two hundred years.
Here is where the Thai kings are crowned, revere the precious Emerald Buddha, display the distinctive Thai architecture and most of all, represents the very heart and soul of the Thai people.
The complex used to be the official residence of previous Kings of Thailand -- The last king who lived here was King Rama VIII in 1935-1946. The splendid Chitrlada Rahothan Palace (a few kilometres away) is the present residence of H.M. King Bhumibol (Rama IX) and H.M. Queen Sirikit. *I get emotional just by writing their names*
The Royal Grand Palace Complex was built around 1782 after the sacking of the former Thai capital of Ayutthaya. The Burmese has a habit of bullying us in those days and I have asked – and going to ask again – “Where are they now? Huh?”
The complex is open to the public every day from 8:30am to 3:30pm, unless it is used for state functions. It is imperative that you show up properly dressed – tank tops, shorts and bikinis (yes, I have seen tourists walking about in their bikini tops and matching straw hats! The nerve!) are totally inappropriate. Entrance to the complex is 250 Baht (25 Ringgit, $ 7, Php 400) but free for the locals. All taxis know where it is and it is safe to take a taxi if you wanna come here. We are proud of our honest taxi drivers.