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THE GRAND PALACE, BANGKOK

The grand palace of Bangkok is a structure consisting of several halls, building, courtyards and gardens.  The building has two story holding several Buddha images and artifacts. The grand palace is of spiritual significance as it is the most sacred site in Thailand. For this reason, visitors are advised to dress properly in the appropriate attire before entering the temple .women are required to avoid clothes that expose their shoulders while men are required to wear long pants with sleeved shirts. No one gets into the temple bare footed. Anyone in sandals is required to put on socks. At the entrance is a booth where improperly dressed persons are offered decent clothes

The grand palace was constructed in the year 1782 during the reign of King Rama IV and was completed in 1784. Since then the temple has been renovated severally The Grand Palace served as residential place for the royal family of Thailand. The complex comprises of three main quarters:

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Phra Maha Prasat (the throne halls).

Phra Ratchamonthian Sathan (the royal residence).

Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram (the Temple of the Emerald  Buddha).

PHRA MAHA PRASAT (THE THRONE HALLS)

The major throne halls include:

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Phra Thinang Inthraphisek Maha Prasat. This was the first throne hall. It was constructed within the Grand Palace and it served as house for the remains of members of the royal family including the kings, queens and other members of the family. The hall is also used for merit-making, for performing auspicious rites and for hosting other royal ceremonies.

Phra Thinang Phiman Rattaya. Served as royal chambers for the king and assembly hall for the royal family. During the reign of King Rama VI, it was used as audience hall for ladies of the court. This is where they could receive royal decorations and titles paraphernalia.

THE MUSEUM OF THE EMARALD BUDDHA TEMPLE(WAT PHRA KAEW)

Officially, the temple is known as Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram. The museum of the Emerald Buddha is located in the outer court of the temple. It acts as an artifact repository for the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Grand Palace.  Royal religious ceremonies are conducted in the temple. The museum is located opposite Phra Thinang Maha Prasat Group and between the middle and the outer  court. The famous Emerald Buddha image curved from a single block of jade is enshrined here.

Tourists visiting the main hall are privileged to catch an amazing view of  several Buddha images and commemorative coins. Two architectural models of the Grand Palace were placed in this hall..

The ground floor acts as a display of Chinese statues, stone Buddha images and architectural elements. The upper floor provides a display for

The inner court was occupied by young boys and girls. The king’s daughters and consorts lived in the inner court. The middle court is where throne halls used in conducting government business were located. Two of the halls are open for visitors.  The king’s place of residence was located in this court. The outer court of the palace is composed of many buildings for public use.