Layout and orientation of the Grand Palace
The palace complex, like the rest of Ratanakosin Island, is laid out very similar to the palaces of Ayutthaya, the glorious former capital of Siam which was raided by the Burmese. The Outer Court, near the entrance.
Used to house government departments in which the King was directly involved, such as civil administration, the army and the treasury. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is located in one corner of this outer court.
The Central Court is where the residence of the King and halls used for conducting state business were located.
Only 2 of the throne halls are open to the public, but you’ll be able to marvel at the exquisite detail on the facades of these impressive structures.