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Thailand - Lop Buri - King Narai's Palace
During the reign of King Narai (17th C) he moved his capital to Lop Buri. This royal palace rivaled those in Ayutthaya in every respect. Unfortunately the palace fell into disrepair after the King's death.
The palace experienced a revival during the 19th century reign of King Mongkut (Rama IV) 1851 - 1868 - a antecedent of the present day Chakri Dynasty monarchs - who used the palace as a summer retreat.
The palace grounds are open to the public daily.
Today you can see the thick outer walls of the palace and the remains of elephant corrals, warehouses and reception areas. Further in behind the outer court area lay the buildings of the inner court. The Chanthara Phisan Pavilion, now houses an exhibition about Siamese history during King Narai's reign. Other more recent buildings include the Phiman Mongkut Hall which houses a branch of the National Museum. The museum, open Wednesday to Sunday only, houses a fine collection Buddha images, as well as art from all periods of Lop Buri history. A small admission charge is made.
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