We’ve been to Bangkok a few times and didn’t want to revisit all the places we’ve been to before but the one place we both wanted to see again was the Grand Palace. This was the official residence of the Kings of Siam (Thailand) until 1925. The Grand Palace is still used for official events. Several state functions and ceremonies take place here every year.
There was something going on the day we visited as there were lots of guardsmen and soldiers dressed in official clothes marching around.
The whole of Bangkok is being spruced up and made ready for the upcoming coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn , who will be officially crowned in ceremonies from May 4 to 6. He is also known as Rama X, who ascended the throne after his beloved father died in 2016.
The Grand Palace is a complex of spectacular buildings and sacred sites. The Palace complex is situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Many buildings and halls have been added over the years. Some consider the most sacred Buddhist Temple (Wat) in Thailand to be the Emerald Buddha which is one of the most visited sites in the Palace.
A strict dress code applies. No shorts, vest tops allowed. Wraps can be provided if needed. Shoes must be removed prior to entering some of the Temples.