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The Grand Palace or Wat Phra Kaew

Bangkok's most beloved temple (and also the top tourist site) is a fantastic, mini-city sized royal complex enclosed by quaintly crenulated white walls.

Building process began in 1782, the year Bangkok was founded, and every monarch subsequent to King Rama I has expanded or enhanced it.  Today despite being able to visit many sights on its grounds, much of it remains off-limits.  The highlight is the Emerald Buddha - Thailand's most sacred Buddhist relic - and the ornate temple purpose-built to house it, Wat Phra Kaew, where hundreds pay their respects each day.  Remember to dress respectfully as a strict no shorts or sleeveless shirts policy is enforced.

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