Self-Guided One day to Grand Palace and Wat Pho


Self-Guided One day to Grand Palace and Wat Pho

Self-Guided One day to The Grand Palace and Wat Pho

Have you ever thought about walking around in Rattanakosin Island (Bangkok Old Town) in one day? Do you know any places nearby? Sometimes you can’t guess any tourist attractions too. Here is the easier guideline by traveling on your own.

First of all, let’s start the tour at Wat Phra Kaew which literally means The Temple of The Emerald Buddha, was built in 1782 at the same time when Bangkok was built. King Rama 1 intended this temple to be the palace temple.

Opening hour: 08.30 a.m.

Closing hour: 4.00 p.m.

****BIG NOTES****

·      Visitors must wear properly dressed

·      Men must wear long trousers and long sleeves shirt. No tank top or any kind of dress that shows your back

·      Women must wear long pants or long skirts and long sleeves shirt. No see-through clothes or bare shoulders

·      For shoes, visitors must not wear flip-flops or if you are wearing must wear socks.

·      There is a rental store for any visitors who wear improperly clothes which are 100 Baht per piece.



            First thing in front of you is the bronze figure rishi. He is regarded as the patrol of medicine.

the patrol of medicine


            On your right side is mural painting describes scenes from Ramayana and the monkey worriers all along the outer gallery.

the mural painting

            ***Please note that you can take photo but must not use flash to touch the painting.***


            After walking for several time. I am stopping at the elevated platform which contains 3 structures. They are The Great Stupa, The Royal pantheon, and The Mondop or the library. Now I am walking to the place. Let’s go!

on the elevated platform


Behind the platform, there are 3 structures below. Because of my curiosity, I really want to know what they are. So, I am walking to them and the answers are Hor Monthian Tham, Vihan Yot, and Hor Phra Nak      

Hor Phra Nak Hor Monthain Tham

Viharn Yod

            Well, I continue walking and I find that on my right side is the ordination hall (Ubosoth) which inside is enshrined the most venerated Buddha image in Thailand called “Phra Kaew Morrakot” or the Emerald Buddha.

The ordination hall close to the corridor

another side of corridor the Garuda


Please note that before going into the ordination hall.

- Visitors must take off their shoes, hats, sunglasses and leave foods and beverages outside

- Visitors are not allowed to take photo from inside

For the sitting posture must not point their feet to the principal Buddha image. The proper seat is sitting on the floor with legs to the side. Be respectful and polite. Now I am going to pay homage to the Emerald Buddha inside.


The emerald buddha

            I am walking through the palace to other palace and stop in front of the 3 buildings as a group which are the proper residents of King Rama 1 until King Rama 3 called Phra Maha Monthien Palace Group.

            The building that I am standing in front of is Amarindra Winitchai Hall. It is the audience hall. It was the place where the kings met his officials and Sir John Bowing was received here too.

Phra Mahamonthain Group

            Next, is another building connects with Amarindra Winitchai Hall called Phaisan Thaksin Throne Hall. This building is used as audience hall, the coronation ceremony.

            And the last building in this group is Chakrapat Phiman Hall visitors are not allowed to visit in site. It was used as a proper residence of the king until the reign of King Rama 3.

            I am walking out from this palace and directly to the Throne hall beside. And now I arrive, in front of me is the large 3 stored-floors which shows mixture 2 styles between European and Thai styles called Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall. It is used for the state banquet.

stucco of Chakkri Maha Prasat Throne Hall the spire on the roof

Chakkri Maha Rasat Throne Hall The solders are adjusting their clothes

            Next to Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall is a small pavilion called Aporn Pimok Hall. It is used as a changing room after the kings come back from businesses which are carried by palanquin.

A small pavilion close to the big throne hall

            The last stop in this palace is a truly Thai style building which is built to replace the old hall that was destroyed by lightning struck and burned down called Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall. It was built in the reign of King Rama 1 at the same time with this grand palace was built. King Rama 1 had built this building as his lying-state and it has been using ever since.

   Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hallthe proper architect of Thai style

in front of Dusit Maha Prasat Throne hall


Now I am done walking in the Grand Palace. After this, I am walking to another temple which is important in this area and shouldn’t be missed called Wat Phachetuponvimolmangklavat or The Temple of Reclining Buddha knows by Thai people as Wat Pho. It takes around 15 minutes by walking and fortunately it is not a sunny day today.

After I walk for several times, I am going to stop at the entrance gate. This temple was built in the reign of King Rama 1 to mark his reign. Also, it is one of the six first-class royal temples in Thailand.

Opening hour: 08.00 a.m.

Closing hour: 6.30 p.m.

****BIG NOTES****

•           Visitors must wear properly dressed

•           Men must wear long trousers and long sleeves shirt. No tank top or any kind of dress that shows your back

•           Women must wear long pants or long skirts and long sleeves shirt. No see-through clothes or bare shoulders

Their regulations are as same as Wat Phra Kaew.

After I walk past the entrance gate. I am walking to the Ubosoth which enshrines the Principle Buddha image called Phra Buddha Deva Patimakorn

Before I am going inside I have to take off my hat and shoes.


The Principle Buddha image of Wat Pho

Photo from

In front of me is the principal Buddha image which has enshrined since the reign of King Rama 1. Let’s pay homage to the Buddha image.

After finish conducting prayer, I am walking around the Ubosoth which is surrounded by Chedis or pagodas. This temple has the most chedis in Thailand. It has 71 pagodas that were built by the command of King Rama 3.


The pagodas surround the compound  The pagodas

After this, I continue walking again and I find Khao Mor. Those figures on the rockery are figures of rishi in postures of self-massage.


the ritshis try to massage by themselves   the medical planing

Then I am leaving this place and direct to another part which locates large constructions. And now I arrive at The Four Great Stupas. These four great stupas were built in different of the period since the reign of King Rama 2 until King Rama 4. The difference of colors show the difference of builders


The four Great stupas

Then, I see a large hall on my right hand and now I am walking to it. It is called Viharn of the reclining Buddha. Before I am going inside I have to take off my shoes and out them in a bag and take it with me.

   In front of ViharnThe reclining buddha

Now I am inside the Viharn. In front of me is the Reclining Buddha. It is 46 meters long and 15 meters high.

   inside the viharn a person tries to put coins into monk's blow

And at last, I am done with one day trip to The Grand Palace and Compounds. I hope that this guideline can help you decide easier before traveling. Before I am leaving, I have some more photos surround this temple. Let’s see!

   the statue in Wat PhoThe statue in Wat Pho

A ballast

The ballasts in Wat Pho



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