Exploring Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun 2017

Exploring Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun 2017

Traveling in Bangkok would be not complete without visiting the dazzling Palaces and Temples. It is the top bucket list for the first- time visitors to Thailand (like me haha). I was mesmerized when I saw those Temples and Palace, the beautiful architecture and intricate detail were just amazing. I hope this blog post of mine will help wanderers (like me haha!) when you visit Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun.

Grand Palace

Grand Palace was a former residence for King Rama I to King Rama V of the Rattanakosin Kingdom. Today, the palace is used for most important of Thailand’s royal and religious ceremonies. Before you enter the Grand Palace you need to go through a bag check, that time we are bringing some snacks from Philippines and one of the Thai Security asking if that is Filipino food, we got surprised because they know and love Filipino snacks as well haha! The tickets sold from 8:30 – 15:30 cost 500thb (767php). The Temple of Emerald Buddha is sacred place and visitors are not allowed to take photo inside. Shoes are need to remove, so don’t forget to wear socks. 😉

Grand Palace

Detailed design of Grand Palace

Intricate Architecture of Grand Palace
Wat Phra Kaew

Wat Pho

Wat Pho is one of the oldest temples in Bangkok. It is also known as the “Temple of Reclining Buddha”, which is 160 feet long. The name refers the monastery of the Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya, India where Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment. Going here is just a 10mins walk from Grand Palace, if you are not sure which way you need to go just ask any police staying outside the palace (like we did haha). Entrance fee is 100thb (153php) and opening hours 8:00 – 17:00.

Wat Pho

Wat Arun

We go to Wat Arun using a small ferry for only 4thb (6php) per person. Wat Arun is also known as “Temple of Dawn”, the name derives from Hindu God Aruna, often personified as the radiations of the rising sun. During our visit, it is undergoing renovation so I wasn’t able to challenge myself to go upstairs haha! Going here, from Wat Pho you need to walk (about 10mins) go to ferry (small) station and just for 5-10mins you will arrive at Wat Arun. Entrance fee is 50thb (76php).

Entrance of Wat Arun
Detailed Design of Wat Arun
Wat Arun

 

TIPS:

–          Most of the Palaces and Temples are strict on the dress code especially Grand Palace, no skirts, no shorts, no sleeveless, no slippers. So remember, wear a proper dress code 🙂

–          To avoid big crowd in the Grand Palace, come early as you can.

–          When it’s hot season in Bangkok it is literally hot, so bring some sunblock when you travel especially entering Grand Palace and Wat Arun.

–          If someone tells that the Grand Palace is close just don’t believe on them, just go ahead and always ask the Police or any Security.

 

Thanks for reading wanderers! I hope this would help you.

 

P.S. next post is about Asiatique the Riverfront! 😘

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