Thailand has a centuries old Royal history and a variety of Royal Bangkok palaces around the city. Many Thai palaces were developed during the reign of the existing Chakri dynasty – which began in 1782 with the starting of Bangkok and the start of the Rattanakosin era. A number of Bangkok palaces are open to the general public – some are still in use by the Royal Household and are sometimes open to visitors.
With Bangkok being the capital city and home for the Chakri dynasty, many of the Palaces were integrated in this city. The most well-known of all Bangkok palaces – and in Thailand, is the Grand Palace – a ‘need to see’ for everybody thinking about the history and culture of Thailand. The Grand Palace consists of a great deal of structures of various ages and different architectural styles – some very Thai, some affected by Chinese or European architecture. The Grand Palace was the official residence for a number of Thai Kings – today it is a museum.
While much of the Grand Palace is built in standard design Thai architecture, a few of the palaces that were integrated in later years, are affected by European design. The Phra Ram Ratchaniwet Palace in Phetchaburi province of Bangkok – for example is in European design – while the Sanam Chandra Palace in Nakhon Pathom province appears like a French or English castle.
Standard Thai architecture which has been affected by Burmese, Chinese, Indian and Khmer styles is very recognisable and has actually taken a long time to develop. Multi tiered roofing lines, making use of distinctive colours – like red and gold – the very comprehensive ornamental decors and mural paintings, typically telling stories from the lives of the Buddha. Some fine examples of conventional Thai architecture can be discovered in the Grand Palace in Bangkok.
Visitors Dress Code
Generally, polite attires are required for any of the Bangkok palaces and also the temples, to show your respect on those sacred places and to avoid offending Thai people. Althoigh you should dress accordingly at any sacred location in Bangkok, it’s even more important to dress correctly before entering the area of the Grand Palace and the Royal Temple of the Emerald Buddha – including the Vimanmek Mansion, as these places are still in use by the King and Royal family.
he dress code provided below will be strictly enforced for both ladies and gentlemen. Dressing appropriately makes your visit flow smoothly without offending anyone. Kindly keep in mind the following suggestions before embarking on any visit to a temple or palace in Bangkok.
- Shorts, mini-skirts, short skirts, as well as tights cannot be worn as outer garments. Long skirts lower than your knees are permitted only.
- Long trousers are required, not shorts – quarter length trousers cannot be worn either.
- Tight fitting trousers like leggings cannot be worn.
- No hole in any part of jeans, skirts or trousers should be visible.
- See through shirts and blouses cannot be worn.
- Sleeveless shirts or vests cannot be worn – it’s necessary to wear only shirts or tops to cover your shoulders (Scarves or shawl cannot be worn to cover your shoulders). T-shirts are allowed.
- All shirtsleeves, whether long or short, cannot be rolled up.
- Sportswear cannot be worn.
- Sweat shirts and sweat pants, wind jackets, pyjamas and fisherman trousers cannot be worn.
- Sandals or flip-flops are allowed. We suggest wearing shoes, which are comfortable for walking, and are easy to be worn and taken off.
- Keep in mind that if you are visiting during a festival, there will be a lot of people. The royal staff try their best to keep an eye on your shoes, however, there have been instances where shoes were stolen. We therefore recommend you not wear expensive shoes.