Saturday, May 7, 2011

Bang Pa-In Royal Palace พระราชวังบางปะอิน: Where Europe meets Thailand

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Aisawan Thiphya-At Pavilion and the Devaraj-Kunlai Gate ประตูเทวราชครรไล


Something like Versailles in Thailand: Bang Pa-In Palace, also known as Summer Palace, has neem built by King Prasat Thong in 1632. It was abandoned, when the Burmese army sacked Ayutthaya in 1767. In the 1850s King Mongkut (Rama IV) restored a part of the site. But what you see today is the work of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V). He developped a garden filled with European-style buildings in 1872-1889. In 2001 the Palace was restored.

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Saphakhan Ratchaprayun สภาคารราชประยูร. The colonial-style building, originally built for the King's brothers, today houses a museum about the history of the palace.

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Aisawan Thiphya-At Pavilion พระที่นั่งไอศวรรย์ทิพยอาสน์. The only Thai-style building in the palace, it's the archetype of the Thai pavilion (sala Thai). The statue of Rama V, standing in the moddle, was erected by his son.


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Devaraj-Kunlai Gate ประตูเทวราชครรไล


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Sages' Lookout (Ho Withun Thasana หอวิฑูรทัศนา). Served as lookout tower for viewing the countryside.

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Phra Thinang Wehart Chamrun พระที่นั่งเวหาศน์จำรูญ, built by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in 1889. This opulent Chinese-style palace is full of red, gold, dark woods and inlaid mother of pearl. Inside you discover a dragon sculpture carved from camel bone.


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The mansion of Sri Savarindira พระตำหนักสมเด็จพระศรีสวรินทิราบรมราชเทวีพระพันวัสสาอัยยิกาเจ้า


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Phra Thinang Utthayan Phumisathian พระที่นั่งอุทยานภูมิเสถียร

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Warophat Phiman Hall พระที่นั่งวโรภาษพิมาน

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The house of Cha Chom Maanda Saer เรือนเจ้าจอมมารดาแส ภายในพระราชวังบางปะอิน จังหวัดพระนครศรีอยุธยา ประเทศไทย


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The mansion of Saisavali Bhiromya พระตำหนักพระวิมาดาเธอ พระองค์เจ้าสายสวลีภิรมย์ กรมพระสุทธาสินีนาฏ ปิยมหาราชปดิวรัดา


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The mansion of Sukhumala Marasri พระตำหนักสมเด็จพระปิตุจฉาเจ้าสุขุมาลมารศรี พระอัครราชเทวี


From the palace across Chao Phraya River is Wat Niwet Thamprawat วัดนิเวศน์ธรรมประวัติ, built in 1878. This is a buddhist temple looking like a Gothic church. You get there Getting there by a cable car. The station is behind Bang Pa-In parking.



Open: Daily from 8am till 16pm, entrance fee 100 Bath. You can rent a golf cart for driving around for 400 Bath.

How to go: Buses from Bangkok Northern Bus Terminal (Moh Chit) every 30 minutes (takes nearly two hours). Minibuses from Ayutthaya central BKS Station (take 40 minutes). By train: From Hualamphong Station in Bangkok take the train to Ayutthaya an Chiang Mai, some trains stop at Bang Pa-In.


Sleep and eat
: Around 2 kilometres south along Chao Phraya River you find Ayutthaya Garden River Home. Read reviews of ths resort.


More pictures of Bang Pa-In Royal Palace on board.palungit.com and on thaischick.de


Discover more:
Your Guide to Ayutthaya

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