“Grand Palace Bangkok, Thailand” by Andy Marchand – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
The Grand Palace (Thai: พระบรมมหาราชวัง, RTGS: Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang) is a complex of buildings at the heart of Bangkok, Thailand.
The palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) since 1782. The king, his court and his royal government were based on the grounds of the palace until 1925.
The Grand Palace is still used for official events. Several royal ceremonies and state functions are held within the walls of the palace every year. The palace is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand.
Construction of the palace began on May 6 1782, at the order of King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (Rama I), the founder of the Chakri Dynasty, when he moved the capital city from Thonburi to Bangkok.
Throughout successive reigns, many new buildings and structures were added, especially during the reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V).
By 1925, the king, the Royal Family and the government were no longer permanently settled at the palace, and had moved to other residences.
After the abolition of absolute monarchy in 1932, all government agencies completely moved out of the palace.