When you see the travel buses in front of the entrance you’ll immediately want to turn around again and stroll through the Old Town instead. But for this experience it is worth while waiting in line, for what you get to see in the huge area (200.000 square meters) is truly amazing. Altogether there are more than 100 buildings in different architectural styles behind the almost 2-kilometer-long wall (tenements, temples, ministries, palaces etc.), also including the Wat Phra Kaeo. This temple is home to Thailand’s most revered statue, the emerald Buddha.
For at least getting a general insight into the exciting history of this important landmark you should consider a guided tour. These are offered in English, are for free and start daily at 10.00, 10.30, 13.30 and 14.00. Important: there’s a strict dress code: with flip-flops, shorts and co you’ll have to stay outside. Right next to the entrance (on the right-hand side) you can borrow adequate clothing for free.
Admission for non-Thais: 6 Euros.
Na Phra Lan Road
Tha Chang Pier