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Opening hours

The Grand Palace is open every day of the year from 8.30am until 3.30pm.

The last tickets for entry are sold until 3.30pm.

How to get there

Bus- bus routes 1, 3, 6,9,15, 19, 25, 30, 32, 33, 39, 43, 44, 47, 53, 59, 60, 64, 65, 70, 80, 82, 91, 123, 201 and 203 all stop at or close to the Grand Palace.

BTS Skytrain, river boat and walk- take the skytrain to Taksin Station. Then take a Chao Phraya River Express boat to the Tha Chang Wang Luang Pier. From this point it is a short walk to the entrance of the Grand Palace.


How much do entry tickets cost?
There is free entry for Thai nationals, for anyone else the entry fee is 500 baht. Children shorter than 120cm in height also have free entry.
Where can I buy tickets?
You can buy tickets online at the official website or at the entrance gate on Wat Phra Kaew (Exhibition Road).
Is there a dress code for entering the palace?
There are dress codes for all temples or places of worship in Thailand. These codes are strictly enforced. You will be refused entry if you are wearing a sleeveless shirt or vest, tops that expose the body, see through clothing, shorts of any description, jeans or trousers that are torn, ripped or considered too tight as well as miniskirts.
Is the Grand Palace accessible for those with reduced mobility?
Everyone is welcome to visit the Grand Palace. With this in mind there is a selection of programmes designed to make access easier for all including the free use of wheelchairs for any visitors that require them. Wheelchairs are available from the cloakroom that is located just inside the entrance on Exhibition Road. Accessible toilets and baby-changing facilities are clearly shown on the map and floor plans of the Grand Palace.
How long in advance of my visit can I buy a ticket?
Tickets can be bought online through the official website up to one month before the date of your visit.
How can I request a refund for my tickets if I have to cancel mi plans to visit the Grand Palace?
All tickets bought in advance through the website are subject to the terms and conditions stated at the time the booking was made. Advance tickets cannot be refunded, changed to an alternative date or time.
Are there any audio guides available and in what languages?
Yes, personal audio guides are available to rent at a cost of 200 baht per unit. These devices are available in 8 languages and include Thai, English, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Spanish. Payments for rental must be made using your passport or a credit card, most major cards are accepted.

Must Know

Lying in state
The palace is used as a place where Thai kings and other high ranking members of the ruling royal family were left to lay in state before being cremated.
Two zones
The Grand Palace is divided into two main zones. The first is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the second is the royal residence. The royal residence is further divided into three areas: the Outer Court, the Middle Court and the Inner Court.
The Outer Court
The Outer Court starts at the Wiset Chai Si Gate and extends to the Phiman Chai Si Gate. This section includes the inner walls of the palace. It is now where you will find several state offices.
The Middle Court
The Middle Court extends from the Phiman Chai Si Gate as far as the Sanam Ratchakit Gate. In this area of the Grand Palace significant royal ceremonies are held such as Royal Coronations and the ceremony conducted on such a historic auspicious day.
The Inner Court
The Inner Court begins at the Sanam Ratchakit Gate through to Thaew Teng. These are the row of houses which at one time during the reign of King Rama I were the palace walls. The southern area within the Inner Court was at that time a female-only zone. The only man allowed to enter was the king. This area housed the queens, the ladies in waiting, consorts, their mothers and the kings daughters all lived together with servants. This area today is no longer used as a residence.
The Grand Palace
The entire complex of the Grand Palace was completed in 1782. It combines an area of 218,000 square metres and is surrounded by four walls measuring a length of 1,900 metres in total. Prior to this the royal palace had been at Thonburi. The new king Rama I felt the former capital to be unsuitable and ordered the construction of a new complex.
The Temple of the Emerald Buddha
This temple is located in the Outer Palace. The tradition of constructing a Buddhist temple inside a royal palace has existed in Thailand for more than 800 years since the Sukhotkai period. One unique aspect of this temple is that it has no living quarters for its Buddhist monks.

Places Nearby

Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute
Rhis is now a captivatingly popular tourist attraction. It is a snake farm, home to thousands of deadly snakes. It first opened in 1913, extracts venom from snakes and through research comes up with vaccines and anti-venom. Visitors here can look at the snakes such as pythons and king cobras in addition to learning through lectures.
Wat Suthat
This is one of ten royal temples in Bangkok granted first grade status. This temple needs to be seen to be believed for its sheer size and scale. It has the largest ornate ordination hall in the country. Along its base are 28 Chinese pagodas, full of intricate detail among its carvings. Inside the temple is just as beautiful, full of murals depicting the life of Buddha. The 8 metre high bronze image of Buddha is an important historical artifact.
Siam Paragon
Siam Paragon really is a cavernous place. It is one of Thailand’s largest shopping malls with a wealth of other activities away from shopping. In addition to the restaurants, there is an aquarium, an art gallery and an opera hall. Other entertainment includes karaoke, bowling and a 15 screen cinema. It is seen as a perfect combination of culture, entertainment and cuisine under one roof.
Lumphini Park
Lumphini Park is seen as an oasis of nature inside the bustling city of Bangkok. Its original purpose was to house Thai crafts and flowers. It is a serene place where you can walk, take a ride in a paddle boat ot watch others do their morning and evening exercise routines.