For hundreds of years Bangkok has been the capital of the kings of Thailand and within that majestic city their official residence and centre of official business has been the Grand Palace. For visitors to Thailand, Bangkok and the Grand Palace make an essential visit. The Grand Palace is an awe inspiring complex of rich temples, palaces, museums and plazas that are not only beautiful but tell the full story of the history of Thailand.TravelupThe Grand Palace was first established by King Rama I in 1782. Thailand had suffered years of turmoil thanks to the destruction wrought from Burmese invasions and years of unpopular rule from king Taksin. King Rama I established the new ruling house of Chakri and built his Grand Palace based on ancient Ayutthaya styles. Since Rama I each subsequent king has added and developed the Grand Palace complex to make it the sprawling and magnificent spectacle it is today.

Within the middle court visitors can see the Phra Maha Monthian buildings. These are a group of richly elaborate traditionally Thai style buildings that that traditionally held the living quarters. Today they hold the most important throne halls in the entire Grand Palace.

Within the palace complex visitors can also see some of Thailand’s most impressive temples. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is a building that inspires awe in anyone who goes near. Although technically a Buddhist chapel, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is as old as the original Grand Palace and has been central to the religious worship of the Thai royal family. Whilst the outside of the chapel is impressive, inside visitors can witness the chapel’s namesake: the statue of the Emerald Buddha.

To the north east of the Grand Palace complex visitors can also find an entirely different site to the rest of Bangkok. Phra Thinang Boromphiman is the largest single building of the Grand Palace and is in fact built upon western ideals. From the outside Pra Thinang Boromphiman is a palace that wouldn’t look out of place in Europe, however the interior is decorated to entirely Thai designs.

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