The Royal Palace is the most visited monument in Bangkok. It contains, within its two kilometres of walls, a real city built in the 18th century, with temples, dependencies, ministries, and even an old prison.
Despite the crowd, you can always find a quiet corner to fully appreciate the multitude of inlays and architectural details. The highlight is the Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which houses, under its roof of orange and green tiles, a 14th-century statue, one of the most revered of the country, fully adorned with precious stones.
If you come in March, July, or November, follow the edifying and lush changing of the statue's robe ceremony performed to amazing fanfare by the king himself.
1 Na Phra Lan Road
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