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Thailand - Bang Pa-in Palace
About 45 km north of Bangkok, Bang Pa-in summer palace is another of the must see sights of Thailand. Bang Pa-in summer palace is situated in Ayuthaya Province. The site is open from 0830 to 1530 daily - including weekends and public holidays.
The 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.
Ho Withun Thavna - The sages lookout - was built in 1881 (Ho means tower in Thai) as a viewing platform for King Chulalongkorn.
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.
Ho 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.
The pavilion now houses a statue of its patron King Chulalongkorn in the uniform of a Field Marshal.
Phra 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.
Phra 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 Palace.
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