Top 10 Royal Palaces in Thailand

December 3, 2014
December 3, 2014 ICS Travel Group

Top 10 Royal Palaces in Thailand

The Grand Palace; Bangkok, Thailand

As the world’s longest serving monarch, His Royal Majesty The King of Thailand has many Royal Palaces and Residences from which to choose.  Here are ten of the best. . .

 

The Grand Palace; Bangkok, Thailand

The Grand Palace; Bangkok, Thailand

1 The Grand Palace

Visiting the Grand Palace is one of the most popular things to do in Bangkok. The huge complex is surrounded by walls built in 1782! Inside those walls is Wat Phra Kaew – Temple of the Emerald Buddha – which dates back to the 14th century.  Thai kings stopped living in the palace around the turn of the twentieth century, but the palace complex is still used for ceremonies and other important occasions.

 

Vimanmek Mansion, Dusit Palace

Vimanmek Mansion, Dusit Palace

2 Vimanmek Mansion, Dusit Palace

The first permanent residence in Dusit Garden was Vimanmek Mansion, built in 1900 by the royal command of King Rama V to serve as his Summer Palace. King Rama V moved from the Grand Palace to reside in Vimanmek Mansion for 5 years until the completion of the Amporn Satarn Mansion in 1906 where he lived until his untimely death in 1910. As a result, Vimanmek Mansion become deserted and the royal family moved back to the Grand Palace.  Vimanmek Royal Mansion is the world’s largest building made entirely of golden teak.

 

Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall

Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall

3 Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, Dusit Palace

This impressive white, marble palace sits at the end of Royal Plaza, a ceremonial boulevard that’s often the focus of regal pomp and ceremony during royal celebrations.  Ordered by King Rama V in 1907 and finished by King Rama VI, it exemplifies neo-classical Renaissance architecture. Following the 1932 coup it housed the first Thai parliament, but today its ornate interiors serve as a prestigious venue in which to receive visiting dignitaries, hold state meetings and royal occasions.  Inside is a stunningly beautiful central dome, under which the Royal Throne sits.

 

Bang Pa-In Palace; Ayutthaya, Thailand

Bang Pa-In Palace; Ayutthaya, Thailand

4  Bang Pa-In Palace

Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, also known as the Summer Palace, is located on the Chao Phraya River bank in Bang Pa-In district, Ayutthaya.  Originally built by Ayutthayan King Prasat Thong in 1632 and abandoned after the sack of Ayutthaya in 1767, the site was partially restored by King Rama IV in the 1850s. The site as it stands today, however, is largely the work of King Rama V, who expanded the area into a Versaillesque garden filled with European-style buildings in 1872-1889.

 

Bhubing Palace; Chiang Mai, Thailand

Bhubing Palace; Chiang Mai, Thailand

5  Bhubing Palace

The Bhubing Palace is the royal winter residence in Chiang Mai where the Royal family stays during seasonal visits to the people in the northern part of Thailand.  The palace is also the royal guesthouse for prominent state visitors from abroad.

 

Sanam Chandra Palace; Thailand

Sanam Chandra Palace; Thailand

6  Sanam Chandra Palace

Named after a nearby natural pool which means “Moon Pond,” Sanam Chandra Palace is about 50 km south of Bangkok near the majestic pagoda, Phra Pathom Chedi.  King Rama VI planned for the site to serve not only as a retreat, but also as a stronghold during a national crisis.  In 1965, the palace grounds became Silpakorn University, a well known Thai university specialising in art and archaeology.

 

Royal Residential Hall of Pakpanang; Thailand

Royal Residential Hall of Pakpanang; Thailand

7  Royal Residential Hall of Pakpanang

The Royal Residential Hall of Pakpanang is reported to be the first and only royal residence in Thailand to be conceived by the Thai people.  In the past, the area had faced environmental problems which resulted in this once prosperous rice-growing region becoming the poorest area of the country.  To help people living in the area, His Majesty the King constructed several irrigation infrastructure projects to redevelop the region.

 

Klai Kangwon Palace; Hua Hin, Thailand

Klai Kangwon Palace; Hua Hin, Thailand

8  Klai Kangwon Palace

Klai Kang Won, meaning “far from worries” is aptly named after the peace and serenity of the surrounding landscape, fronting a secluded stretch of the Hua Hin beachfront. Klai Kangwon Palace is the primary summer royal residence of King Bhumibol (Rama IX).

 

Mrigadayavan Palace

Mrigadayavan Palace

9  Mrigadayavan Palace

Mrigadayavan was known as the “Palace of Love and Hope” because when Queen Indrasakdi Sachi was pregnant, King Vajiravudh was extremely hopeful in anticipation of an heir. The king took great care of her throughout her pregnancy, but regrettably the queen miscarried. King Vajiravudh finally got a daughter, Princess Bejaratana, just one day before he passed away.  Mrigadayavan Palace consists of 16 golden teak buildings which are divided into 3 groups. All are linked together throughout the palace by verandas on stilts to maximize the sea breeze and to ensure that the compound could easily be kept clean. Ants were controlled by niches for water around each concrete pillar and along the walls connecting to the ground.

 

Phaya Thai Palace; Thailand

Phaya Thai Palace; Thailand

10  Phaya Thai Palace

The construction of Phya Thai Palace began in 1909 at the direction of Rama V, but was only used for a short time as he died several months after the crowning of the new king.  The Queen Mother was invited to live there, which she did until her death in 1920, at which time Rama VI demolished and rebuilt the palace.  He lived there until the later years of his reign, when he moved to stay at the Grand Palace until his death.  Over time, the palace has functioned as an international hotel, as the first Thai radio broadcast station, and as the Phramongkutklao Hospital

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