The Grand Palace in Bangkok Will Reopen on 4 June
The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo will resume operation starting from 4 June 2020
The Royal Office has recently announced that one of the most famous landmarks in Bangkok, The Grand Palace, will resume operation starting from Thursday, 4 June 2020. Due to the nationwide lockdown to limit the spread of coronavirus, The Grand Palace has ceased operation since mid-March. The reopening marks the second phase of easing of lockdown measures by the government as part of the new normal. Other tourist attractions will follow soon.
The reopening of the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) will be accompanied under strict health and safety measures to control and prevent the second wave of COVID-19. Visitors are reminded to always keep social distancing, wearing a surgical or cloth mask, and frequently washing hands.
Dazzling and spectacular, the Grand Palace complex was established in 1782. It is a must-see sight for tourists visiting Bangkok. It consists of not only royal and throne halls, but also a number of government offices as well as the renowned Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha). It covers an area of 218,000 square metres and is surrounded by four walls, 1900 metres in length.
After King Rama I the Great ascended the throne in 1782, the Palace was built. Prior to this, the royal palace and centre of administration had been located in Thon Buri, on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. For various reasons, the new King considered the former capital to be unsuitable and decided to establish a new capital on the other side of the river. By his royal command, a palace was built to serve not only as his residence, but also as the site of administrative offices. The royal compound has been known since then as the Grand Palace. The two earliest buildings erected within the complex were the Dusit Haha Prasat Throne Hall and the Phra Maha Monthian.
When visiting the Grand Palace, a strict dress code applies. The Grand Palace, with the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is Thailand’s most sacred site. Visitors must be properly dressed before being allowed entry to the temple. Men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves, socks, and shoes. Similarly, women must be modestly dressed. No see-through clothes and bare shoulders. If you show up at the front gate improperly dressed, there is a booth near the entrance that can provide clothes to cover you up properly. A sum of deposit is required.
Tickets to the Grand Palace are sold from 8.30am to 3.30pm and the price includes entry to Vimanmek Palace and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall. For more information, please visit https://www.royaloffice.th/en/the-palaces