The importance of courts
The Grand Palace's purpose was to offer living and working space, for this purpose various courtyards were created, which all fulfilled a certain function: the Central Court, the Inner Court, the Outer Court and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaeo or Wat Phra Kaew). The Central Court is the showpiece of the royal palace, where royal chambers as well as throne rooms were located, even today the coronation ceremonies take place here. Surrounded by high walls, the Inner Courtyard served as a harem reserved solely for the king's queens and consorts and their servants. Thus, this courtyard was also guarded by female guards. Ministries were located in the Outer Court, along with the Treasury as well as royal guards.