Tourism Authority of Thailand Reports All Major Sites Including Grand Palace Are Open
According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the Grand Palace in Bangkok, together with all other major tourist sites in the country are open again as of 1 November 2016. Also, after the month long mourning period for their beloved king, the country will resume festive and entertainment activities from 14 November onwards, although fire works for New Year celebrations are likely not to happen.
The Grand Palace will reopen its doors to tourists and visitors from 1 November, 2016.
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said, “The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaeo are the jewels in the crown of Thailand’s attractions. It is a superlative example of Thai art and architecture and has been the heart of the country for over two centuries. So we’re happy that visitors can come and enjoy this special place and take home glittering memories of our capital.”
The Grand Palace is Thailand’s most significant landmark in which numerous tourists from around the world visit every year. Construction of the Palace started in 1782 during the reign of King Rama I the Great, founder of the Chakri Dynasty, and it was a royal residence until 1925. Now it is used mainly for ceremonial purposes and to represent the very best of Thai architectural heritage.
As this is a Royal Palace, all visitors are expected to dress respectfully, and to be aware that Thailand is currently in an official period of mourning for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Visitors should wear sombre-coloured attire as a mark of respect during this period when visiting the Palace:
• Male: a shirt or T-shirt, long dark coloured trousers or jeans, and covered footwear.
• Female: blouse or T-shirt that covers the shoulders, long skirt or dress, and covered footwear.
The Grand Palace is open every day from 08.30 – 15.30 Hrs., Tourists can enter at the Wiset Chaisri Gate as normal, except during royal ceremonies. The entrance fee includes access to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaeo, the Royal Thai Decorations and Coins Pavilion, and the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles.