Bang Pa-In Royal Palace

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Bang Pa-In Royal Palace is located 60 km north of Bangkok and only a few minutes from Ayutthaya city. This is where the Siamese Royalty spent their summers back in the days.  

Bang Pa-In Palace Royal Palace was constructed by King Prasat Thong in 1632. After the construction, it was too large and was not used anymore in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It was not until during the mid-19th century when King Mongkut (Rama IV) renovated the site. Many buildings that are seen presently were mostly built from 1872 to 1889 by King Chulalongkorn, or King Rama V. 

There are four magnificent buildings located among the Versailles-esque garden compound, with the first being the Wehart Chamrun. The only building open for commoners, it is a royal palace and throne room. Its Chinese-style architecture with delicate tiles and intricately designed interior will charm any architecture enthusiasts.  

The next highlight is the Aisawan Thiphya, or the distinctive "Divine Seat of Personal Freedom". What it is is a floating Thai pavilion, set in the middle of the ornamental pond. History says that it was a favorite afternoon spot for young Royals to read and enjoy their poetry. 

Nowadays, Bang Pa-In palace is rarely used by the present king and his family. It is only used for some special occasions or banquets. Thus people can go to Bang Pa-In for a visit quite freely. 

TakeMeTour's Review

Student groups and tourists visiting Ayutthaya often visit Bang Pa-In Royal Palace. Bang Pa-In Royal Palace is great for photography and architecture-lovers! It is also great for making a short stop from Bangkok before visiting the ancient ruins of Ayutthaya City. Do beware of the heat as most of the areas have no shades!  

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