Thailand’s Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha reopen on November 1


The much-anticipated reopening of the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha coincides with the start of quarantine-free entry into Thailand for fully vaccinated tourists from 46 countries and territories.

The Royal Household Office announced that the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha, as well as other royal palaces and places, will reopen from November 1, 2021.

The reopening of Bangkok’s most famous attraction, the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, will once again allow tourists to explore the beauty and splendor of this historically important and much revered site.

The Grand Palace complex, in which the Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaeo is located, has been temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Its reopening date of November 1 is the same day Thailand will begin welcoming fully vaccinated tourists from 46 approved countries and territories without a quarantine requirement.


Health and safety measures are in place at both sites to ensure the safety of visitors and staff. This includes the mandatory wearing of face masks at all times, body temperature control at the entrance, hand washing facilities and check-in on the Thai Chana app. Social distancing will be observed at points of service throughout the complex, and common contact surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected every 20 minutes, while healthcare professionals will be on standby for emergencies or first aid.

The opening hours of the Grand Palais complex are every day from 8:30 a.m. at 3.30 p.m. Entrance fee is 500 baht per person, with tickets purchased at the entrance or online at www.royalgrandpalace.th/en/home (online tickets must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance) .

The Grand Palace complex, in which the Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaeo is located, has been temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, the other palaces and royal venues that will also reopen from November 1, 2021 are:
-Bang Pa-In Palace in Ayutthaya;
-Bhubing Palace in Chiang Mai;
-Royal Chang Hua Man Project in Phetchaburi;
-The Queen Sirikit Textile Museum in the Grand Palace complex in Bangkok;
-Royal Sala Chalermkrung Theater in Bangkok.

The Kingdom Arts Museum in Ayutthaya will reopen on November 19, 2021. (TAT)



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