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Grand Palace to reopen to visitors from 1 November 2016

October 31, 2016 Destination Thailand No Comments Print Print Email Email

The Grand Palace will reopen its doors to tourists and visitors from 1 November, 2016.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said, “The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaeo are the jewels in the crown of Thailand’s attractions. It is a superlative example of Thai art and architecture and has been the heart of the country for over two centuries. So we’re happy that visitors can come and enjoy this special place and take home glittering memories of our capital.”

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaeo is on the same compound as the Grand Palace (Photo credit: A TAT Newsroom Contest 2014 entry by Narin Sapaisarn)

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaeo is on the same compound as the Grand Palace (Photo credit: A TAT Newsroom Contest 2014 entry by Narin Sapaisarn)

The Grand Palace is Thailand’s most significant landmark in which numerous tourists from around the world visit every year. Construction of the Palace started in 1782 during the reign of King Rama I the Great, founder of the Chakri Dynasty, and it was a royal residence until 1925. Now it is used mainly for ceremonial purposes and to represent the very best of Thai architectural heritage.

As this is a Royal Palace, all visitors are expected to dress respectfully, and to be aware that Thailand is currently in an official period of mourning for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Visitors should wear sombre-coloured attire as a mark of respect during this period when visiting the Palace:
• Male: a shirt or T-shirt, long dark coloured trousers or jeans, and covered footwear.
• Female: blouse or T-shirt that covers the shoulders, long skirt or dress, and covered footwear.

The Grand Palace is open every day from 08.00 – 16.00 Hrs., Tourists can enter at the Wiset Chaisri Gate as normal, except during royal ceremonies. The entrance fee includes access to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaeo, the Royal Thai Decorations and Coins Pavilion, and the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles.

The general public can pay their respect to His Majesty the King’s Royal Urn at the Dusit Maha Prasat Hall in the Grand Palace from 29 October onwards. Entry details as follows;
• 08.00 -16.00 Hrs. at the Manee Nopparat Gate.
• 16.00 – 21.00 Hrs. the Wiset Chaisri Gate.

The dress code for paying respect is as follows: (According to The Bureau of the Royal Household’s dress code requirements)
• Male: black long-sleeve shirt, long dark coloured trousers, and covered black footwear.
• Female: black blouse that covers the shoulders, long dark coloured skirt or black dress, and covered
black footwear.

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