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The Grand Palace is a complex of buildings in Bangkok, Thailand. It served as the official residence of the Kings of Thailand from the 18th century onwards. Construction of the Palace began in 1782, during the reign of King Rama I, when he moved the capital across the river from Thonburi to Bangkok. The Palace has been constantly expanded and many additional structures were added over time. The present King of Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, however, resides at the Chitralada Palace.

Thailand Grand Palace

Thailand Grand Palace

Layout and Orientation
The palace complex, like the rest of Ratanakosin Island, is laid very similar to the palaces of Ayutthaya, the glorious former capital of Siam which was raided by the Burmese. The Outer Court, near the entrance, used to house government departments in which the King was directly involved, such as civil administration, the army and the treasury. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is located in one corner of this outer court. The Central Court is where the residence of the King and halls used for conducting state business were located. Only two of the throne halls are open to the public, but you'll be able to marvel at the exquisite detail on the facades of these impressive structures.

The Inner Court is where the King's royal consorts and daughters lived. The Inner Court was like a small city entirely populated by women and boys under the age of puberty. Even though no royalty currently reside in the inner court, it is still completely closed off to the public. Despite the proximity of the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, there's a distinct contrast in style between the very Thai Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the more European inspired design of the Grand Palace (the roof being the main exception). Other highlights are Boromabiman Hall and Amarinda Hall, the original residence of King Rama I and the Hall of Justice.


Top 10 attractions of Bangkok, Thailand

Wat Arun Bangkok has one of the greatest collections of temples in the world. This Buddhist temple also known as Temple of the Dawn is quite spectacular.
Lumpini Park Bangkok is a massive city. Lumpini park offers an excellent escape from the citys hustle and bustle. You can just relax or engage in an activity.
Wat Pho It is said to be the largest and oldest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. An extremely large statue of reclining Buddha is a big draw.
Floating Market Truly a unique experience where many vendors prepare food right on their tiny boats. You will find a festive atmosphere along with delicious food.

Wat Traimit Another famous temple in Bangkok. It is located close to Chinatown and is also known as the temple of the Golden Buddha.
Vimanmek Palace This magnificent former royal palace is the worlds largest golden teakwood mansion.
Chinatown A colorful area with many interesting shops and ofcourse fantastic Chinese food.
Ayutthaya Located outside of Bangkok, this ancient city was founded over 600 years ago. Amidst the remaining temple structures, you can relive its history.
Chatuchak Believed to be the largest market in Thailand, the exciting market has literally thousands of stalls and tens of thousands of daily visitors.
Grand Palace Constructed in the 18th century, undoubtedly it is the most popular attraction of Bangkok and a must see for anyone visiting this city.

Construction
A large broadcasting tower was needed in the Kanto region after NHK, Japan's public broadcasting station, began television broadcasting in 1953. Private broadcasting companies began operating in the months following the construction of NHK's own transmission tower. This communications boom led the Japanese government to believe that transmission towers would soon be built all over Tokyo, eventually overrunning the city. The proposed solution was the construction of one large tower capable of transmitting to the entire region. Furthermore, because of the country's postwar boom in the 1950s, Japan was searching for a monument to symbolize its ascendancy as a global economic powerhouse.

Thailand Grand Palace

Thailand Grand Palace

Hisakichi Maeda, founder and president of Nippon Denpato, the tower's owner and operator, originally planned for the tower to be taller than the Empire State Building, which at 381 meters was the highest structure in the world. However, the plan fell through because of the lack of both funds and materials. The tower's height was eventually determined by the distance the TV stations needed to transmit throughout the Kanto region, a distance of about 150 kilometres (93 mi). Tachu Naito, renowned designer of tall buildings in Japan, was chosen to design the newly proposed tower. Looking to the Western world for inspiration, Naito based his design on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.With the help of engineering company Nikken Sekkei Ltd., Naito claimed his design could withstand earthquakes with twice the intensity of the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake or typhoons with wind speeds of up to 220 kilometres per hour (140 mph).

The new construction project attracted hundreds of tobi, traditional Japanese construction workers who specialized in the construction of high-rise structures. The Takenaka Corporation broke ground in June 1957 and each day at least 400 laborers worked on the tower. It was constructed of steel, a third of which was scrap metal taken from US tanks damaged in the Korean War. When the 90-metre antenna was bolted into place on October 14, 1958, Tokyo Tower was the tallest freestanding tower in the world, taking the title from the Eiffel Tower by 13 metres. Despite being taller than the Eiffel Tower, Tokyo Tower only weighs about 4,000 tons, 3,300 tons less than the Eiffel Tower. While other towers have since surpassed Tokyo Tower's height, the structure is still the tallest self-supporting steel structure in the world and was the tallest artificial structure in Japan until April 2010, when the new Tokyo Sky Tree became the tallest building of Japan. It was opened to the public on December 23, 1958 at a final cost of Yen 2.8 billion ($8.4 million in 1958). Tokyo Tower was mortgaged for Yen 10 billion in 2000.

Thailand Grand Palace

Thailand Grand Palace

Royal Reception Halls
Nowadays its impressive interior is used for important ceremonial occasions like coronations. It also contains the antique throne, used before the Western style one presently in use. Visitors are allowed inside the spacious European style reception room or Grand Palace Hall (Chakri Maha Prasat). Then there's the impressive Dusit Hall, rated as perhaps the finest architectural building in this style, and a museum that has information on the restoration of the Grand Palace, scale models and numerous Buddha images.

Opening Hour: Daily 08:30 - 15:30
Address: Na Phra Lan Road, Old City (Rattanakosin)
Tickets: Tickets sold from 8:30 - 15:30 and cost 200 baht. One ticket includes entry to Vimanmek Palace and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall.