Every city in the world has places and sites which, if you have not seen them during your visit, you have probably missed the entire point of the trip.
Who could imagine going to Paris for the first time and missing the Eiffel tower? A visit to The Grand Palace in Bangkok is exactly like that. It is the focal point of religious art and architecture in Thailand.
A visit to The Grand Palace is one of the most popular things for tourists, and locals, to do in this exciting city, and is simply an awesome sight. It was built soon after the founding of Bangkok as the capital city of the Thai people. A very large complex, the first thing you will notice is that it is surrounded by enormous white walls, just like a fort, which is exactly what the complex was also designed to be. These walls were built in 1782 and were designed to repell invaders such as the ones who had, twenty years before, destroyed the old capital of Ayutthaya, which, at its height in around 1700, was the most populous city in the known world, with over a million inhabitants.
The Grand Palace is undeniably impressive in its own right. Entering the main gate, and turning to the left, your eyes will me met with the splendid and beautiful Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The fabulous and huge gold plated chedis, and stained glass encrusted buildings inside are jaw-dropping.
Although the Thai kings have not lived in The Grand Palace since the turn of the twentieth century, the palace complex continues to be used for important ceremonies. This Thailand’s most sacred site and a visit while you are in Bangkok is essential.
The concierge at VIE Hotel Bangkok regularly advises visitors on ways to get there and all of the other important information you will need to enjoy one of the most gorgeous sights in Southeast Asia.