Grand Palace is the busiest tourist stop in the city. Day after day, it is teeming with tourists from all over the world jostling around Thai history and culture as they cook in the heat. seems not enough to welcome everyone!

People keep coming because the Grand Palace could probably be called the cradle of Bangkok. The Emerald Buddha housed there is considered the most important image of the Buddha in Thailand.

If you arrive early and have patience, the Bangkok Grand Palace can be rewarding. Although the palace grounds and Wat Phra Kaew – cradle of the Emerald Buddha – are truly impressive, the Thai capital is full of interesting places. No need to “muscle up” to check each major attraction if it sounds more like work than pleasure.

The Grand Palace was not always as impressive as today. When King Rama I began construction in April 1782, he was forced to use wood and all that was nearby. Finally, bricks were recovered from the ruins of Ayutthaya and transported by boat to the Chao Phraya River. The ancient capital of Ayutthaya was ransacked in 1767 during a war with the Burmese.

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