The Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. The tour of Wat Phra Kaew Temple and Grand Palace is combined together as they in the same complex. After my visit to Wat Phra Kaew Temple, I strolled over to the Grand Palace main bulding.
The wikipedia says this about Grand Palace “The palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) since 1782. The king, his court and his royal government were based on the grounds of the palace until 1925. The present monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), currently resides at Chitralada Palace, but the Grand Palace is still used for official events. Several royal ceremonies and state functions are held within the walls of the palace every year.”
Personally I did not find the Grand Palace to be exceptional and on a hot muggy day, my thoughts were to just get over to a shaded place. Also, one cannot enter inside the palace premises, which makes for a less enriching experience for a traveler.
The maximum one can do is to get clicked with the Palace Guards!!
The Grand Palace tour is inlcuded in the package for Wat Phra Kaew Temple (costing 150 Baht) so mostly tourists do visit this, but as said earlier, I did not find it exceptional and I would not recommend it if you are not into heritage.
P.S. when I was in process of drafting this post, the sad new of Bangkok Bomb blast came up. It was surreal and scary for me as I had stayed very close to the bomb blast site (at Anantara siam Bangkok hotel) and used to walk past the site many times during my stay.
Please take a moment to say a prayer for the victims of Bangkok Blast ~ Amen~