Palaces and Mansions in Bangkok
Architecturally inspiring and a fascinating insight into Thailand's rich culture, Bangkok's heritage is reflected in its palaces and mansions. Bangkok's number one attraction, the Grand Palace is breathtakingly exquisite. Shimmering in gold, alongside the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, it represents the best in Thai traditions. After that, don't forget to visit Vimanmek Mansion, the world's biggest wooden building made from golden teak - fascinating! Take a closer look at some of the capital's other cultural gems for an insight into this fascinating city.
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The centerpiece of Bangkok's own Champs Elysees, this impressive two-storey white marble palace sits at the end of Dusit's long, wide Royal Plaza, a leafy ceremonial boulevard that's often the focus of regal pomp and ceremony during royal celebrations. Ordered by King Rama V in 1907 and finished in the reign of King Rama VI, its neo-classical Renaissance architecture - particularly its central dome - dominate the scene just as Italian architects Mario Tamango and Annibale Rigotti intended. Following the 1932 coup it housed the first Thai parliament, but today its ornate interiors serve as a prestigious locale in which to court visiting dignitaries, hold state council meetings and royal occasions. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 9:30 until 16:00, Tues - Sun (ticket office closed 15:30)
- Location: Royal Plaza, Dusit
- Price Range: 50 Baht
- How to get there: Taxi is probably the best way to go
Situated 60 km north of Bangkok and within easy reach of Ayutthaya is the illustrious Bang Pa-In Royal Palace. The palace complex was used as a summer dwelling by the Siamese royalty and their consorts. Also called 'Bang Pa In Summer Palace' the park comprises several iconic buildings dotted around a large park and renting an electric cart is a good way to get around, especially on hot days. Coming all the way from Bangkok just for the palace might not be worth the trip but it is a great stop on the way to Ayutthaya. Read More...
- Opening Hours: everday from 8.30 a.m. to 16.30 p.m. Tickets sold until 15.30 p.m.
- Tel: 035-260144
- Dress Code: Proper attire is required similar to the Grand Palace, no short skirts or short pants, no sleeveless shirts.
- Price Range: 100 baht, 400 baht to rent an electric golf cart
Closed to the public, this is His Majesty King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit's official residence. Constructed by King Rama VI and formerly King Chulalongkorn's summer home, its one-square kilometre grounds include several artificial lakes and are bordered by Italian-designed walls and a prominent moat. At each corner is a fountain adorned with late Baroque figures drawn from mythology, evidence of the cultivated taste of Thailand's rulers.
Today it not only serves as live-in palace for the monarchy, but is also home to an agricultural research station founded by his HM the King to help solved the problems of Thai farmers around the country. Called The Royal Chitralada Projects, this non-profit institute includes experimental rice fields, a fish farm, dairy farm, fruit juice plant, beef-rearing unit, a candle factory and mushroom factory. Originally built for royal offspring, there is also the Chitralada School. Today, the children of staff and people not associated with the palace are admitted, from kindergarden through to 12th grade.
- Location: Rama V Road, Dusit
The lovely garden-enclosed compound sitting on the bank of the Saen Saeb Canal would have gone completely unnoticed, had it not been for a legacy left behind by a middle-aged American man named Jim Thompson. His elegant residential enclave, comprising six traditional Thai teakwood houses transported from Ayutthaya and Bangkok’s Ban Krua community, echoes Jim Thompson’s 30-year love affair with Southeast Asian art and cultural heritage. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00 (last guided tour at 17:00)
- Location: Soi Kasemsan 2, opposite the National Stadium on Rama I Road.
- BTS: National Stadium
- Address: 6/1 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road
- Tel: +66 (0)2 216 7368
- How to get there: Take exit 1 from the BTS National Stadium Station, turn right into Soi Kasemsan 2 and continue walking all the way to the very end. The museum will be on your left-hand side.
Built in 1909 during King Rama V’s reign as temporary royal residence, Phyathai Palace comprises five buildings all constructed in a combination of neo-gothic and Romanesque styles. The interiors showcase a rococo influence, complete with beautiful ceiling frescos, gilded Corinthian columns and elaborately carved fretworks. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Guided tours available on Saturdays at 9:30 and 13:30. Otherwise, you are free to walk around.
- Location: Ratchawithi Road (inside Phramongkutklao Hospital)
- BTS: Victory Monument
Built in 1907 in the small town of Nakhon Pathom, Sanam Chandra Palace is set in a beautiful park full of giant trees and perfectly manicured lawns winding around ponds and lakes. In the middle of this garden stands the most unlikely building, a yellow castle worthy of a Cinderella fairy tale. Located fifty kilometers west of Bangkok Nakhom Pathom is well-known for the world's tallest stupa called 'Phra Pathom Chedi', but despite being located only a kilometer from it, this unusual royal palace is only visited by a handful of local tourists. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 9 am to 4 pm daily except mondays
- Price Range: 50 Baht
Suan Pakkad Palace is a place to find visions of Thailand you thought long since vanished in Bangkok. Its name means 'cabbage patch', in reference to when the land was nothing more than just that. Today, however, it's a well-tended tropical garden with serene ponds surrounding eight traditional Thai houses, each of which brims to overflowing with fine arts, antiques and oddities belonging to Prince and Princess Chumbhot. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 16:00
- Location: 352-354 Sri Ayudhya Road (five minutes walk from BTS Phaya Thai), nearest area Pratunam
- Tel: +66 (0)2 245 4934
If there is one must-see sight that no visit to Bangkok would be complete without, it's the dazzling, spectacular Grand Palace, undoubtedly the city's most famous landmark. Built in 1782 - and for 150 years the home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government - the Grand Palace of Bangkok is a grand old dame indeed, that continues to have visitors in awe with its beautiful architecture and intricate detail, all of which is a proud salute to the creativity and craftsmanship of Thai people. Within its walls were also the Thai war ministry, state departments, and even the mint. Today, the complex remains the spiritual heart of the Thai Kingdom. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 08:30 - 15:30
- Location: Na Phra Lan Road, Old City (Rattanakosin)
- Price Range: Tickets sold from 8:30 - 15:30 and cost 400 baht! One ticket includes entry to Vimanmek Palace and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall.
Located on Ratchawithi Road behind the National Assembly, Vimanmek Royal Mansion is the world's largest building made entirely of golden teak. Removed from Ko Sichang in Chonburi province, it was rebuilt in the Dusit Palace in 1900 by the command of King Rama V. It was recently renovated by HM Queen Sirikit, and made into a museum paying homage to the late King. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:30 until 16:30 (Tuesday - Saturday, last ticket at 15:30)
- Location: Rajavithee Road. Close to Dusit Zoo and the Dusit Palace complex.
- Price Range: 100 baht, which entitles you to enter every building and gallery. Note that you will need to show your ticket to the attendant at the entrance to every building. Please note: No shorts or sleeveless shirts and skirts must be at least knee-length or you won't be allowed in.
After liberating Siam from the Burmese in 1767, following their ransacking of Ayutthaya, a general and provincial governor named Taksin was crowned King. He built Wangderm palace to mark the establishment of the new capital in Thonburi. Located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River near Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn), it occupies a site once of great strategic importance, behind the Wichayen Fort and other fortifications that guarded access to the Kingdom's port. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Only to groups of five or more, and by appointment
- Location: Arun Amarin Road, Thonburi
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