The Grand Palace is an official residence of the Kings which is composed of several buildings and is used for various official events. Nowadays the present King (King Rama IX) is not living here. However, The Grand Palace is still one of the main attractions in Bangkok.
If you walk from Wat Phra Kaew, the first building on the left hand side is Barom Piman Hall. It was a place that King Rama VI, VII, and VIII lived. You are not allowed to go inside because it is not open to the public.
The eye-catching building is definitely Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat. This building looks different from the others because its architecture is a unique mixture between Thai and European styles.
If you walk toward the building, you will see Aphorn Phimok Prasat. It is an open pavilion that was built by King Rama IV. If you go to Bang Pa-In Royal Palace (Ayutthaya province), you will see a replica of this pavilion there.
The last building before you exit the grand palace is Phra Thinang Dusit Maha Prasat. If you want to see inside, you have to come on weekdays. It is closed on weekends.
I recommend you to come early in the morning in order not to get caught by the sun.
Update: February, 2014
Location, Dress Code, Admission Fee, Opening Hours are same as Wat Phra Kaew.
*** Currently the only way to visit Grand Palace is to go from Wat Phra Kaew. The Grand Palace’s entrance gate is now renovated. ***
Have you ever been to Grand Palace? Share your experience with me in the comments!