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The Grand Palace complex was built in 1782 and includes not only the Throne and Royal Halls, but also a number of government offices and the famous Emerald Buddha Temple. Of western inspiration, only part of the palace can be visited. As the royal family now resides north of Bangkok in the Chitralada Palace, the Grand Palace now only hosts some royal ceremonies. The Chakri Maha Prasat, a modern royal residence, was built during the reign of King Chulalongkorn, from 1877 to 1882, by the English architect MR. John Clunish, which explains its European style. One can visit the Amari Vinichai throne room where the king always makes his birthday speech and the small arms museum in particular. Just next door is Wat Phra Kaeo whose construction was completed in 1784, two years after the capital was moved from Thonburi to Rattanakosin. The temple which occupies the North-East of the Grand Palace is probably one of the holiest sanctuaries in Thailand.

The Emerald Buddha. It is to him that Wat Phra Kaeo owes its celebrity. The most venerated statue of Thailand, the famous Emerald Buddha, has an origin difficult to trace. It is admitted that it was found in a temple in Chiang Rai, around 1431. It was then covered with gold leaf. Later, the stucco under the gold leaf crumbled, and the green stone appeared. It was then claimed to be an emerald statue (actually jasper) and was immediately considered sacred.

The governor of Chiang Rai spoke about it to the king of Chiang Mai, who wished to obtain it. Elephants were sent to bring it back, but on the way back they headed towards Lampang and not Chiang Mai. The king saw a divine omen and allowed the statue to remain in Chiang Mai. In 1468, the new king of Chiang Mai brought the statue to his capital. One of his successors left in 1552 to fight the rebels in Luang Prabang and took the Emerald Buddha with him. He later settled in Vientiane and kept it there.

In 1778, King Rama I, then General, took Vientiane and brought the Emerald Buddha back to Thonburi. After his ascension to the throne, he built Wat Pra Kaeo, which housed the famous statue. The Emerald Buddha is 75 cm high and 45 cm wide. It rests on a golden pedestal at the top of an 11 m high golden altar and under a 9-storey parasol. He changes his clothing according to the seasons: in summer he wears an enamelled golden tunic adorned with precious stones; during the rainy season, a bronze toga enamelled in blue; in winter, a golden mesh robe covers him from head to toe.

The visit. In line with the entrance door, a marble platform serves as a base for the Royal Pantheon. The life-size statues of the eight kings are kept there. The Pantheon is only open one day a year, on 6 April, the day of the commemoration of the Chakri dynasty. Behind it is the library, Phra Mondop, built in 1787, where a beautiful mother-of-pearl cabinet contains the sacred manuscripts. The floor is covered with silver mats. On the right is a miniature reproduction of Angkor Wat. Finally, at the four corners stand four statues of Buddha, in Javanese style, from the 14th and 15th centuries.

Behind the library stands the golden spire of the great chedi Phra Siratana, which was built by King Rama IV in 1855. Relics of Buddha are kept inside, hence the respect due to this place. The frescoes in the cloister tell the story of the Ramakian, the Thai version of the Ramayana, the great Hindu epic.

One will notice that this temple is very well guarded by 6 m high Yakças, armed with a sword, with faces of different colours. Kinnaris and Nagas are also everywhere.

A temple is a replica of Angkor Wat, built so that the king's subjects can appreciate Khmer architecture. The Phra Asadha Maha Chedi consists of eight prang aligned on the eastern side, covered with faience and mosaics, are dedicated to The Buddhist Trinity: the Buddha, the Law and the Community of monks, as well as to certain disciples whose ashes are kept there. The Hor Phra Gandhararat, erected by Rama IV, houses a statue of Buddha revered by farmers for his power to bring rain.

The belfry, covered with a coloured porcelain mosaic, still resounds on special occasions.

Finally, the Phra Maha Montian is a group of 7 buildings. In 2013 a new museum will see the light of day, that of Queen Sirikit's textiles. A journey through time thanks to the queen's dresses from the 1960s to the present day.

The site of the royal cremation. The ashes of Rama IX can now be found within the Grand Palais. The construction of the royal cremation site cost around 25 million euros. Many craftsmen were requisitioned for a year to offer the deceased king the most beautiful burial site possible. The site is open to the public, but strict rules must be observed to be able to visit it.

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Dourouc31
3/5
Visited in november 2019
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Trop de monde
Ce lieu est magnifique à visiter, mais malheureusement il accepte beaucoup trop de touristes à la fois et ça ne permet pas de profiter de la visite...
kbernard
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Visited in march 2019
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A voir !
Un lieu incontournable à Bangkok, lieu de culte pour les locaux et très prisé des touristes. Le mieux est de le visiter en fin d'après lorsque les cars de touristes ont déjà quitté les lieux. L'entrée pour ce palais est supérieure à la moyenne (500bt) mais vaut largement le coup ! Tenue correcte exigée.
adeloye
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Visited in february 2020
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Kitsch, encore et gagne...
Un sommet de l'art khmer-thaï tout en démesure des pignons hérissés de pics, de dragons, de gardes à l'allure menaçante, tout en dorures et flanqué de nombreux stupas de céramique. On peut éprouver un sentiment d'overdose devant cette débauche de statues, de miroirs, de stuc... Il y a aussi un sentiment de désorganisation dans l'agencement des bâtiments : palais, pagode, batiments administratifs qui ont été rajouté dans l'enceinte au fil du temps. Le palais royal est aujourd'hui inoccupé, car Rama X a élu domicile ailleurs. Le clou de la visite restera le Wat Phra Keo et son bouddha d’émeraude perché en haut d'une galerie faite de parasols, piédestal, statues sur un fond peint représentant des scènes mythologiques. Photos interdites; espace de prière réservé aux seuls Thaï et bousculade des touristes d'un jour. Le droit d'entrée est assez cher : 500 Baths soit 15 Euros... La visite est complémentaire de celle du Bouddha couché au Wat Pho voisin...
EDNA
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Visited in december 2019
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Un incontournable très touristique
Un site incontournable mais il faut apprendre à jongler entre les bus de touristes parfois peu respectueux de ce site sacré. Tenue correcte exigée: manches courtes, pas de décolleté et pantalon ou jupe longue.
Math-gee
3/5
Visited in september 2019
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Bien
Assez impressionnant mais rempli de monde. Je n'en ai donc pas vraiment profité. En avançant un peu, la quantité de personnes a diminué mais cette visite ne m'a pas plus marquée que ça
Balbec
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Visited in october 2019
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INCONTOURNABLE GRAND PALAIS
Magique , tout est splendide , l'appareil photo fonctionne à tout va . Le choix des temples est vaste sur plusieurs hectares . Abondance d'or et pierres de toutes couleurs . Bien respecter la tenue : genoux et décolleté couverts ; garde intransigeant !
Morwé
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Visited in december 2018
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Splendide, et cela vaut le coup d'affronter les hordes de touristes. Les décorations des temples sont ouvragées et brillent de mille feux au soleil. On y voit de très beaux Gardiens du Ciel qui soutiennent les stupas. La visite peut s'avérer fatigante, commencez par vous concentrer sur le coeur du complexe.
Spiritusxvii
3/5
Visited in april 2019
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Beaucoup trop de touristes !
Le palais est beau cela va sans dire, le prix d'entrée est assez élevé puisqu'il est à 500 baths par personne. Mais le plus gros point noir c'est le fait qu'il y a beaucoup trop de touristes (notamment chinois) qui sont partout et ne vous laissent pas prendre correctement vos photos même si vous attendez. Le palais est intéressant mais il y a des temples moins touristiques qui valent plus le détour.
fanie1976
4/5
Visited in march 2019
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Tres beau
Vraiment très joli à voir, même si le prix est un peu excessif.
Attention, les jambes doivent être entièrement couvertes (pour hommes et femmes).
Les monuments sont vraiment éblouissants...
A ne pas rater lors d'une visite de Bangkok !!
rnv23
5/5
Visited in november 2018
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Un des plus beaux ensemble de monuments de Bangkok. Vraiment beaucoup beaucoup de monde même tôt le matin, ce qui gâche quand même un peu la visite. Entrée relativement cher (500 baths environ 12 euros) comparativement aux tarifs des autres temples et monuments de la capitale. Vaut tout de même le détour.
ECOROC
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Visited in november 2018
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Le temple de Bangkok à ne pas rater. Un incontournable. De toute beauté et très bien conservé et entretenu.
Bémols : l'entrée un peu chère (500 baths) et site envahi de touristes même le matin à l'ouverture.
MAGICYANN
5/5
Visited in august 2017
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L'incontournable de la Thailande, c'est magnifique ! A faire absolument dans les premiers jours sur Bangkok.
lukicat
5/5
Visited in january 2018
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Très belle visite, le prix est un peu plus élevé que les autres temples mais il y a beaucoup de belles choses à voir
cestas1000
4/5
Visited in february 2018
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Exceptionnel.Une profusion de temples ,de statuts aux couleurs éclatantes et colorées.Il y a aussi un musée sur les tenues des souverains .Ne pas manquer la relève de la garde.
fute_211903
5/5
Visited in february 2017
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Splendide, à faire absolument si vous allez à Bangkok.
Mais attention il y a foule et parfois certains touristes ne sont pas très respectueux des autres.
Malgré cela je conseille vivement la visite.

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