Buddha: " Whenever you see things, just see. Whenever you listen, just listen. Whenever you know, just know."
Thailand - Ayutthaya Province
- Bang Pa-in Palace
Only 35 km south of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, about 45 km north of
Bangkok in Central Thailand's Ayutthaya province at Amphoe Bang Pa
In is the Bang Pa-in Royal summer palace. This is another of the must
see sights of Thailand. Bang Pa-in summer palace is open from 0830
to 1530 daily - including weekends and public holidays. We recommend
that you take a full leisurely day out there - take a picnic lunch
- hire a golf cart (400 Baht) - and enjoy! If you can't afford to take
a whole day then just think on - you can not get round this vast palace
grounds, see everything and take it all in in an hour and especially
not on foot!
palace has a history going back to the 17th century when the usurper
King Prasat Thong had a palace built on the island of Bang Pa-in in
the Chao Phraya River where he had lived as a child. The king first
had a monastery that was known as Wat Chumphon Nikayaram. The palace
was in use until the fall of Ayutthaya .
The land became neglected and overgrown but in 1807 the Poet Laureate
of Thailand told King Rama IV (King Mongkut) what he knew of Bang Pa-in
island and what he had seen there. The king had a temporary residence
built on the island that later became Wat Niwet Thamprawat.
The present day palace dates from the reign of King Rama
V (King Chulalongkorn). Most of the present palace dates only from the
late 1800's and are only used by the royal family for holding receptions
and banquets - occasionally as a summer residence.
Withun Thavna - The sages lookout - was built in 1881 (Ho means
tower in Thai) as a viewing platform for King Chulalongkorn. There
is a good view of the surrounding countryside from the upper platforms.
The Ho is decorated in
two of the three traditional basic colours of Thailand - red and
yellow (green being the third). This striking building can be seen
from all around the palace grounds.
Below - Picture of Phra Thinang Wehart Chamrun.
Phra Thinang Wehart Chamrun - The royal residence of heavenly
light is a two story Chinese style mansion. The mansion was a gift
from the Chinese (business) people of Thailand. With oversized furniture
and delicate fretwork friezes on walls, columns and some windows. The
ground floor has a throne room and many decorative artworks and furniture
all presented by the Chinese immigrants of Thailand.
Hem Monthian Thewarat - The Golden Palace of the God King, overlooking
one of the ornamental lakes near the entrance to the palace is only
a small stone corn cob shaped building standing at about 4 metres.
The style of the building (left) is that of a Khmer-style "Prasat"
or residence of God. There is a small Buddha statue inside that has
many offerings every day.
Thinang Aisawan Thiphya-Art - The divine
seat of personal freedom. This Thai style Thai-style royal pavilion
(right) has four entrance porches and a fine spire and roof. Positioned
in the middle of an outer pond. Built in 1876 it is a copy of the
Phra Thinang Aphonphimok Prasat in the Grand Palace, Bangkok. - The pavilion
now houses a statue of its patron King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) 1868
- 1910 - in the uniform
of a Field Marshal.
Thinang Uthayan Phumisathian - Garden of the Secured Land. The favourite
residence of King Chulalongkorn when he stayed at the summer palace,
two or three times a year. The original building dates from
1877, made of wood in the style of a Swiss chalet. The building burnt
down in 1938 and was replicated in 1996. The topiary hares growing
on the lawn across the water from the main entrance are representations
of the Lord Buddha reincarnated.
There is a Royal Floating House attached to the bank
of the Chao Phraya River within the Bang Pa-in Palace area.
Thinang Warophat Phiman - Excellent and Shining Heavenly Abode
is a neo-classical royal residence and throne hall. Building the Phra
Thinang (royal residence) started in 1888 and has lavish private apartments.
This building is a favourite residence of the present King and Queen
and is used by them whenever they are residing at the Bang Pa-in Summer