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Grand Palace and Wat Phra Keaw

The Grand Palace is Bangkok's major landmark. It was built in 1782 by King Rama I and was the centre of power for 150 years. In the complex is the Chakri Hall, a striking example of Italian architecture surmounted by a Thai-style roof, and the dazzling Wat Pra Keaw (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), which houses Thailand's most revered Buddha image.

Each building in the complex is a work of art and the serenity that pervades the grounds makes it difficult to leave even after several hours.

Only visitors in proper attire are allowed entry. No shorts are permitted and all shoes must be removed before entering the temple proper.

On special occasions, the Grand Palace is the venue of important religious ceremonies, most of which are presided over by His Majesty the King or leading members of the Royal Family. State functions are also held in a special hall designated for formal receptions.

Sightseeing is easy here, with many of the most popular attractions in Bangkok located with in easy reach of one another.

 Vimarn Mek Palace

Vimarn Mek Palace

This is the world's largest building made entirely of golden teak. The three storey wooden palace has 81 rooms, halls and ante-rooms, excluding terraces and verandahs. Near the entrance to Vimanmek Palace is the Royal Carriage Museum where 13 royal horse-drawn carriages once used during the reign of King Rama V are collected. The collection is so splendid and regarded to be of great historical value. Vimanmek Palace is located behind Bangkok's National Assembly.

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