Bangkok Grand Palace was the official residence of Thai kings and the seat of all the administrative mechanisms of the national government until the early 20th century. It also included the Thai Ministry of War and the various departments of government. The outer court of the Bangkok Grand Palace, was used to house government departments whose work required the direct involvement of the king. This is a public administration, treasury and army headquarters.
Previously placed in the central courtyard of the Bangkok Grand Palace was used as the royal chambers. Currently, two of the three halls are open for public viewing. A daughter and wife of King lived in the courtyard. This part of the palace is not available for public viewing. After King Rama VIII of, Ananda Mahidol died in 1946; King Bhumibol Adulyadej Rama the IX, his brother and successor, it was chosen as the royal residence palace. Despite the fact that the Grand Palace in Bangkok has lost the status of residence, it continues to be a symbol of spirituality and authority in Thailand.
It is no exaggeration to say that the complex of the Royal Palace in Bangkok is the most popular attraction in the capital of Thailand. By visiting it, you can spend more than one hour, walking through the magnificent park and visiting various temples and palaces, in its territory. The crown of the complex is the Jade Buddha Temple, whose statue is recognized as a major relic of Thailand, and the clothes on which current monarch of the kingdom changes.
If you are dressed incongruously, you can take the cape hire at the entrance (it’s free of charge, however, should be left to pledge a certain amount or document). However, taking into account the flow of tourists there are can be no capes in the office – in this case it is necessary to go to the mall, where you will be able to buy it. Ticket office of Bangkok Grand Palace is located at the beginning of the street leading to the palace complex, and is easily recognized by tourists queue. By the way, when you visit the Royal Palace, you will have to humble with a large number of tourists who come here at any time of the year. After passing the gate, guarded by two figures of demons, you will find yourself in front of the impressive Temple Phrakeu (Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Jade).