Known as the "Palace of Love and Hope", Mrigadayawan Palace is a famous classic tourist destination located in Cha-Am, Phetchaburi. Mrigadayavan Palace was the seaside palace of His Majesty King Vajiravudh or King Rama VI, who ruled Siam from 1910 to 1925.
Built during the reign of King Rama VI, Mrigadayawan Palace has a mix of Thai and European architecture made entirely of teakwood. The Palace consists of 16 teak buildings connected by balconies and corridors, and 23 staircases built to combine the Thai method of elevating buildings on pillars with Western design. The Palace was built to have excellent ventilation, such as using casement windows and leaving space between the roof and the high ceiling for ventilation. The roof is covered by rhombus tiles, which keep out sunlight and rain. The niches at the base of the 1080 pillars are meant to be filled with water to keep out ants.
The Palace is made up of 3 main groups of buildings: Samosorn Sevakamart, Samutphiman Outer Court (Men’s Quarters), and Pisansakorn Inner Court (Women’s Quarters). Mrigadayawan Palace has a national heritage site, a museum, a learning center, and a foundation. Once you’re there, you can walk inside the surrounding areas through a connecting corridor to admire the beauty and shady atmosphere. The weather is cool especially early in the year and you can enjoy the beautiful beach view nearby!
Mrigadayavan Palace is one of Cha-Am's landmarks that are historically important to Thailand as a whole. If you’re into history, architecture and gardens, you’ll love this wonderful pastel-colored royal palace. Here, you can get a glimpse into royal life, and see how the royal family lived in their summer palace. It’s easy to imagine, as not much has really changed!