The dazzlingly opulent Grand Palace is one of Thailand’s top attractions and a must-see if you visit Bangkok.  It’s where the former king used to reside and is home to the Emerald Buddha, meaning it’s considered to be the most sacred place in the whole country.  The Grand Palace is a hotspot for locals and tourists alike.  Amongst the bustling crowds of visitors, monks clad in saffron-coloured robes go about their Buddhist duties.

As the Grand Palace is a religious site, there’s a strict dress code in place so it’s advisable to dress modestly if you are planning on visiting.  Keep shoulders and legs out of sight and avoid open footwear.  Thankfully, you can hire a sarong out if you are not dressed for the occasion (I’m wearing one in these pictures). 

Enshrined within the heart of Wat Phra Kaeo lies the Emerald Buddha, the main focal point of the Grand Palace.  Despite its name, the Emerald Buddha is actually made of solid jade.  Shoes must be removed on entry, which is standard practice in all temples across Thailand.  The decadent display within is enchantingly stunning.  The Emerald Buddha sits amongst a collection of grand, golden figures.  Taking photos is prohibited as the Emerald Buddha is considered to be so sacred.  To get a glimpse of this relic, you must go and see it for yourself.

The Grand Palace is located in the heart of Bangkok and I highly recommend paying it a visit if you are in the city.  I would suggest reserving a couple of hours to explore the palace’s grounds, as there is so much to see.

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