The Grand Palace is a complex of buildings in Bangkok, Thailand. It served as the official residence of the Kings of Thailand from the 18th century onwards. Construction of the Palace began in 1782, during the reign of King Rama I, when he moved the capital across the river from Thonburi to Bangkok. The Palace has been constantly expanded and many additional structures were added over time. The present King of Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, however, resides at the Chitralada Palace.
The plan of the Grand Palace followed closely that of the old palace in Ayutthaya. The Palace is rectangular shaped, with the western side next to a river and the royal temple situated to the east side, with all structures facing north. The Palace is however still very much in use; as many royal rituals are performed here by the King every year. Other royal ceremonies celebrated here are coronations; royal funerals, marriages and state banquets. The Palace grounds also contain the offices and buildings of the Bureau of the Royal Household, the Office of the Private Secretary to the King and Royal Institute of Thailand.
Panteonul regal, Prasad Phra Tepbidorn, a fost construit în anul 1856 pentru a-l adăposti pe Buddha de smarald însă a fost considerat neîncăpător pentru ceremonii. Acum conţine statuile primilor opt regi din dinastia Chakri
În faţa Panteonul ui regal se află un monument ridicat pentru regii Rama I, II şi III P este tot fiinţe supranaturale, kinnari sau kinnon, jumătate om, jumătate pasăre
Cea mai importantă clădire este capela regală, Wat Phra Keo, templul lui Buddha de smarald Statuia, înaltă doar de 60 de centimetri, este de fapt din jad Cariatide, sub forma păsării Garuda, susţin templul