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The Grand Palace, the official residence of the Kings of Thailand, is an ancient architectural complex situated on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River at the heart of Bangkok, covering a total area of 218,400 square meters.

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Startingfrom 1782, the construction of the Palace has been ever expanding, added with many new buildings and structures throughout more than 200 years. It is the most magnificent and resplendent palace among the numerous royal residences of Thailand. Combined with the essence of fine culture including architecture, painting, sculpture and decorative arts, the Grand Palace is also praised as the complete collection of Thai arts.

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The Palace has been the official residence of the King from Rama I to Rama VIII, then the present monarch King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) moved to the newconstructed Chitralada Palace in 1946. Currently except for holding royal ceremonies and other official events, the Grand Palace is open to the public and has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand.

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There are three magnificent throne halls in the court, namely Chakri Mahaprasad Hall, Dusit Maha Prasat Hall, Amarin Winitchai Hall, and Wat Phra Kaew or Temple of the Emerald Buddha in English. Known as the symbol of Bangkok, the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha, are both among the must-see destinations inThailand.

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Our rider also went out of his way to visit Lifan Motorcycle in Bangkok, but unfortunately did not arrive in the business hours. Had some photos taken in front of the store, we feel much inspired to see the Chinese brand competing its way out here in Thailand though in face of fierce competition from Japanese motorbikes seen in every street corner. As our KPmini tour goes on, Lifan also sets sail for a long voyage.

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