The Royal Grand Palace (in Thai: พระบรม มหาราช วัง, Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang) is a complex of buildings in Bangkok, Thailand, which served as the official residence of the King of Thailand from the 18th century until the mid-20th century. With the death of King Ananda Mahidol in the Palace of Baromphiman, King Bhumibol Adulya moved the official residence to the Chitralada Palace. The construction of the complex of the palatial complex began in 1792, during the reign of Rama I. It is located east of the Chao Phraya River, protected by it. The rest of the complex is defended by a fence of 1,900 meters in length that includes an area of 218,400 square meters. Beyond the fence is a channel, also created for defensive purposes. Thus the area resembles an island, known as Rattana Kosin. The most prominent places are the Wat Phra Kaew temple, which contains the Emerald Buddha, and the Renaissance-Italian-style Chakri Mahaprasad Hall building.
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