Grand Palace was built in 1782 at the same time as Wat Phra
Kaeo to act as the official residence of the king. King Chulalongkorn
was the last king to live there, subsequent monarchs residing
at the less formal Chitralada Palace in Dusit district. Today,
the palace is used for certain ceremonial occasions such as
Coronation Day. A few government buildings within the compound
are still functioning.
Throne Hall: The cross-shaped Dusit Throne Hall with its
magnificent multi-tiered spire is one of the finest examples
of Rattanakosin architecture. Originally used as a venue for
royal audiences, the hall is currently used for the annual
Coronation Day ceremonies. Inside this building is the fabulous
mother-of-pearl throne, used since the first monarch of the
Throne Hall: This is the largest of the palace buildings
and is often known as the
Grand Palace Hall. Designed by the British architect John
Chinitz, the building exhibits a bizarre blend of European
and Thai architecture. The central 'mondop', the tiered spire
on the roof, houses the ashes of each of the Chakri kings,
while the flanking mondops enshrine the ashes of princes who
never inherited the throne.
Hall: Built by King Rama V as a residence for the crown
prince, the Boromphiman Hall is designed in neo-classical
European style. Today, the hall is still occasionally used
to accommodate visiting dignitaries.
Monthien Hall: Located east of the Chakri Throne Hall,
this complex actually includes three buildings, the Amarindra
Audience Hall, the Phaisan Taksin Hall and the Chakraphat
Phiman Hall. The three buildings together represent the grand
residence of the palace complex.
Phra Kaeo and the Grand Palace are open to the public daily
from 8.30 am to 11.30 am and 1.00 pm to 3.30 pm. Admission
costs 125 baht which includes entry to the Royal Thai Decorations
& Coins Pavilion within the Grand Palace, and Vimanmek
Palace and the Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall in nearby Dusit district.
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