The Grand Palace and royal temple of Wat Phra Kaew with the emerald Buddha can be visited almost every day. However some areas may be off limits when ceremonies are being held.The opening days are separated as follows:
- Temple -> the temple grounds of Wat Phra Kaew. Under normal conditions this is open 365 days per year, see important note below.
- Palace -> the area with the Grand Palace buildings.
- Chapel -> the chapel with the emerald Buddha.
Important: The late King Rama IX of Thailand sadly passed away in 2016. When royal funeral rites are being held the complete complex (Temple, Palace, and Chapel) may be closed for all public for some days in 2017, those days are not shown on the calendar. The cremation is scheduled for 5 days, from 25 to 29 October 2017.
Under normal conditions one can expect to be able to visit the temple grounds of Wat Phra Kaew, this is also the most impressive part of the complex. The area with Grand Palace and the chapel with the emerald Buddha may be off limits. Opening time for tourists is from 8:30 to 15:30, to have sufficient time its better to be in before 15:00.
Below the official calendar for 2017 from the Bureau of the Royal Household (source), schedule may change without notice.
Additional ceremonies may be held and often take place on short notice. Announced additional closings:
- 20 & 21 Jan, all day, all areas closed
- 31 Jan, 13:00, all areas closed
- 5 Feb, 14:00, chapel with Emerald Buddha closed
- 12 Feb, Palace closed at noon, chapel with Emerald Buddha closed all day
- 5 Mar, 14:00, chapel with Emerald Buddha closed
- 5 Apr, 14:00, chapel with Emerald Buddha closed
- 1 Jul, Palace closed at 14:00, chapel with Emerald Buddha closed all day
- 13 Jul, Palace closed morning (open 13:00-15:30), chapel with Emerald Buddha closed all day
- 11 Aug, Palace closed at noon, chapel with Emerald Buddha closed all day
- 12 Aug, Palace and chapel with Emerald Buddha closed all day
For further background information and our tours visiting the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok, please visit: Attraction Information – Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Emerald Buddha).