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Bangkok: Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Half-Day Tour

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Explore the Grand Palace, a complex of buildings in the heart of Bangkok, on a guided tour with hotel transfers. Visit the sacred Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in Thai heritage as you admire sacred statues and temples
  • Discover Thai history and culture with your guide in the heart of Bangkok
  • Learn about the rich history, art, and architecture of the Grand Palace
  • Visit the imposing courtyards and the major landmarks in the complex
  • Explore Wat Phra Kaew, the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand

Description

Join a guided tour of the Grand Palace in Bangkok, the former home of the Thai King, the Royal court, and the administrative seat of government. Explore the 2 zones of the complex, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the royal residence. Follow your guide through the outer, middle, and inner courts. Pass by several state offices such as the Bureau of the Royal Household, the Office of His Majesty's Principal Private Secretary, and the Office of the Royal Institute. Discover the Middle Court starting from Phiman Chai Si Gate to Sanam Ratchakit Gate. Learn how since the founding of Bangkok as the nation's capital by King Rama I, The Grand Palace has been the major architectural symbol of the Thai Royal Family. Today, the palace hosts royal ceremonies and welcomes the king's guests, State guests, and other foreign dignitaries. Head to the Middle Court area to see the Phra Maha Monthien Buildings, the Chakri Maha Prasat Buildings, the Phra Maha Prasat Buildings, and the Siwalai Gardens Quarter. See the Inner Court from Sanam Ratchakit Gate to Thaew Teng, which formerly served as palace walls during the reign of King Rama I. Visit Wat Phra Kaew, a sacred temple that enshrines Phra Kaew Morakot (the Emerald Buddha), the highly revered Buddha image meticulously carved from a single block of jade. Soak in the peaceful ambiance of the spiritual core of Thai Buddhism and the monarchy. Then, enter a female-only zone in the southern area of the Inner Court where no man except for the king was allowed to get in, where the queens, consorts, consort mothers, and daughters of the king lived together with many ladies-in-waiting and servants. Inside the Grand Palace, find the Pavilion of Regalia, Royal Decorations and Coins to see Thai coins and regalia on display.

Includes

Tour guide Skip-the-line access Hotel pickup and drop-off (If Option Selected) Entry ticket (If Private Option Selected)

Important Information

  • The entry fee for Grand Palace is THB 500 for foreigners The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew have a strict dress code. All men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves. Women must wear long skirts or long pants to cover their knees. Tight leggings, see-through clothes, or torn pants are not allowed. Shoulders should be kept covered

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