SHA Plus certificate awarded to Bangkok Grand Palace and Wat Pho
In addition to the Bangkok City Pillar Shrine, the three famous attractions are among the 510 sites in the Thai capital certified with the SHA Plus standard.
Bangkok, Thailand – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently introduced the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) Plus Certificate at three of Bangkok’s most famous and revered attractions, the grand Palace, Wat Pho, and the City pillar shrine.
Sir. Yuthasak Supasorn, the governor of the TAT, said: “The SHA Plus certification indicated that an attraction or business not only had in place the safety and health standards required to control COVID-19, but at least 70% of its employees had been fully immunized.
“The SHA Plus standard criteria also require that all staff – or 100% – or front-line staff be fully immunized as part of insurance for international travelers returning to Thailand following the broader reopening programs in Thailand. From November 1st the safety and well being of all visitors is of the utmost importance to Thailand.
The Grand Palais, Wat Pho and City Pillar Shrine received SHA certification in 2020 and have continuously improved their sanitary and sanitary measures this year, which is reflected in the improved SHA Plus certification. They are one of 510 SHA Plus certified attractions and businesses in Bangkok (as of November 5, 2021).
All three attractions reopened to the public on November 1, 2021, after a temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the same day Thailand began welcoming fully vaccinated tourists from 63 countries / territories and around the world via the TEST & GO Exemption of Quarantine entry scheme and Living in The “Blue Zone” (17 Sandbox destinations), respectively. Visitors who are partially or not vaccinated are also very well received via the requirements of Happy Quarantine.
This means that tourists can again marvel at the beauty and magnificence of the Grand Palace complex, which also includes the famous Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaeo, and the historical significance of Wat Pho, also. known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha and which is a traditional Thai massage center. Bangkok’s City Pillar Shrine is also once again welcoming Thai and foreign visitors to pay homage to it.
To help ensure the safety of visitors and staff, the health and safety measures in place at all sites include the mandatory wearing of face masks at all times, body temperature monitoring at the entrance, hand washing and registration on the Thai Chana app. Social distancing is observed in the service points of the complex, and common contact surfaces are cleaned and disinfected every 20 minutes, while medical professionals are on standby for emergencies or first aid.
The Grand Palais complex is open every day from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Entrance fee is 500 Baht per person with tickets purchasable at the entrance or in line (online tickets must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance).
Wat Pho or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha is open to tourists every day from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with entry at 200 Baht per person. The temple is located a short walk from Wat Phra Kaeo and is famous for its 46-meter-long reclining Buddha covered in gold leaf. It is also considered the leading massage school in Thailand and is a wonderful place to enjoy a traditional massage.
Opposite the Grand Palace, the Bangkok City Pillar Shrine (open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.) represents the founding of Bangkok as the new Thai capital and comprises a square building with openings on all four sides, inside of which There are two golden pillars and six elephant tusks.
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of TAT, presented the SHA Plus certificate at the Grand Palais on October 28, 2021. Vice Air Marshal Suphichai Suthornbura, Deputy Secretary of the Royal Palace, at a special ceremony attended by also assisted Dr Amporn Chantawibul, Expert Committee, Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health, and Ms Thapanee Kiatphaiboon, TAT Deputy Governor for the Internal Market.
For Wat Pho and the City Pillar Shrine, Ms. Thapanee presented the SHA Plus certificate on behalf of TAT to Phra Mahathirajarn, Abbot of Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimonmangklaram (official name of Wat Pho) and Ms. Punnapha Pridikhanit, Deputy Director of Veterans Relief. Organization, which oversees the Sanctuary, on November 5, 2021. The presentation was also attended by Dr Amporn Chantawibul, Expert Committee, Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health.
About SHA and SHA Plus certificates
The Amazing Thailand SHA certification was introduced in May 2020 and has recently been certified by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in accordance with the WTTC SafeTravels protocols. The SHA Higher certification was first introduced in Phuket in June 2021, as the popular tourist island was set to pilot Thailand’s reopening as part of the Sandbox program from July 1.
SHA and SHA Plus certifications are used to assess 10 types of companies; namely restaurants and diners; hotels, accommodation and host families; recreational activities and tourist attractions; transport; travel agency; health and beauty; department stores and shopping centers; sports for tourism; activities and meetings, theaters and entertainment, and souvenir shops and other boutiques.