• The Grand Palace

    The Grand Palace (Thai: พระบรมมหาราชวัง, rtgs: Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang[1]) is a vast complex of buildings located in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. The Grand Palace was the official residence of the Kings of Siam since 1782.

    The Thai king, his court and his royal government were located on the grounds of the Grand Palace until 1925. King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), resided at Chitralada Royal Villa and his successor Vajiralongkorn at Amphorn Sathan Residential Hall, both in the Dusit Palace. The Grand Palace is still often utilized for important official events. Many royal ceremonies, state functions and other events take place within the walls of the Grand Palace each year. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand and considered a must do tour when visiting Bangkok.

    The place construction began on May 6, 1782, under the direction of King Phutthayotfa Chulalok (Rama I), who was the Attachment 4377founder of the Chakri Dynasty. This was done when the King moved the capital city from Thonburi to Bangkok. Throughout the years, many new structures were built, many of them during the years that King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) reigned.

    The king, the Royal Family and the government moved to other homes by 1925 and were no longer permanently living at the palace. with the dissolution of the absolute monarchy in Thailand in 1932, all government ministries had moved out of the palace.

    The complex of the Grand Place is almost rectangular and has a combined area 2,351,000 sq ft. It is surrounded by four walls and situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.

    The Grand Palace has many buildings, great halls, lovely pavilions set around open lawns, lush gardens and courtyards. It is currently partially open to the public as a museum, but it remains a working palace, with several royal offices still situated inside.
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