The Grand Palace

Everyone who visits Bangkok should see the magnificent buildings within the Grand Palace compound. 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. Currently, The Royal Family resides in the Chitralada Palace while The Grand Palace is used for ceremonial purposes.

Currently, The Royal Family resides in the Chitralada Palace while The Grand Palace is used for ceremonial purposes.Located at the heart of Bangkok, the Grand Palace was a former residence for Kings Rama I, II, III, IV, and V of the Rattanakosin Kingdom. Today, the buildings are used to host royal ceremonies and welcome the king’s guests, State guests, and other foreign dignitaries.

It is also a place where remains of kings and high-ranked members of the royal family were situated before cremation.

The grand palace is divided into two main zones, which are the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the royal residence. The residence is divided into three major areas: the Outer Court, the Middle Court, and the Inner Court. The Outer Court starts from Wiset Chai Si Gate to Phiman Chai Si Gate, and includes the inner walls of the Grand Palace.

It is now the location of several state offices such as the Bureau of the Royal Household, Office of His Majesty’s Principal Private Secretary, and the Office of the Royal Institute.

The Middle Court starts from Phiman Chai Si Gate to Sanam Ratchakit Gate.The area is where significant royal ceremonies, such as the Royal Coronation and the Royal Ceremony of Coronation Day, are held. The Phra Maha Monthien Buildings, the Chakri Maha Prasat Buildings, the Phra Maha Prasat Buildings, and the Siwalai Gardens quarter are located in the Middle Court. The Inner Court starts from Sanam Ratchakit Gate to Thaew Teng, the row houses which were formerly palace walls during the reign of King Rama I.

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