The Grand Palace is a complex of several buildings and temples. It is among Bangkok’s most touristy place. Single ticket is issued for both the Grand Palace and the Temple of Emerald Buddha.
The Temple of Emerald Buddha is the most important Buddhist Temple in Thailand because it enshrines the Emerald Buddha. The image however is not made of emerald but of jade. The image of Meditating Buddha is curved in a single piece jade and is believed to be as old as 15th century AD. No one is allowed to take picture of the image. More so, no one is allowed to go near the image except the King. The King is the only one allowed to change the cloak of the Buddha 3 times a year to correspond to the 3 seasons in Thailand – winter, summer and rainy season. The ritual of changing the robe of the image is to bring good fortune to the country during the season.
The Grand Palace is Thailand’s most famous landmark. It houses several buildings of intricate architecture. It was the official residence of the King for more than 150 years. Today, it serves as a ceremonial palace.
Both the Grand Palace and the Temple of Emerald Buddha require all tourists to be in proper dress code. When visiting this palace, be careful of the many touts as they may lure you to spend more of your money for nothing.