The Grand Palace is the major tourist attraction in Bangkok. It is located at Rattanakosin, the Old Royal City, on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River. It is bordered by Sanam Luang district on the north, Sanam Chai on the east, Maharaj on the west and Thy Wang on the south. It has an area of 218,400 sq. metres. It was created in 1782; a complex building comprises the Royal residence, the Royal Monastery of the Emerald Buddha, its surrounding Galleries depicting the paintings of the scenes from the Ramakien (the Thai version of the Indian epic of the Ramayana), the Outer Court, the Inner Court and the Central Court.
How to get there?
Getting to the Grand Palace is quite easy by boat. Take the Chaophraya Express Boat to the Chang Pier (Tha Chang). Walk through the market around the pier and out onto the plaza flanked by old shophouses. The long white wall of the Grand Palace is across the street on your right.