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The Grand Palace
This palace has an area of 218,400 sq. metres and is surrounded by walls built in 1783. The length of the four walls totals 1900 metres. Within these walls are situated government offices and the Chapel Royal of the Emerald Buddha besides the royal residences. When Siam restored law and order side of Ayudhya the monarch lived in Dhonburi on other side of the river. Rama I, immediately on ascending the throne, moved the centre of administration to side of the Caopraya; and, after erecting public monuments such as fortifications and monasteries, built a palace to serve not only as his residence but also his office-the various ministries, only one of which remains in the palace walls. This palace came to be known as the Grand Palace, in which the earliest edifices contemporary with the foundation of Bangkok were the two groups of residences named the Dusit-Mahaprasad and the Mahamontien.

Information from : Guide to the Bangkok and Attractions in & around Bangkok

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