Bang Pa-In Royal Palace – a brief history
Originally constructed in 1632 by the then king Prasat Thong, the Palace became disused with many of the buildings suffering damage and the grounds becoming overgrown. In the mid 19th century the site was rejuvenated by king Mongkut to be used as a place of royal meetings and most of the buildings remain open to the public to this day.
Bang Pa-In Royal Palace – Why it’s a must see attraction
The Bang Pa-In Palace also known as the summer palace is situated in the Ayutthaya historical park, a UNESCO world heritage site furthermore this site is just a short drive from Bangkok making it an ideal day trip for tourists. As a result there is a variety of day trip and options to allow visitors to learn as much as they can about this piece of Thai history. The site is made up of a number of buildings with varying styles, giving an in depth insight into the architecture of the times along with stunning lake views, the tranquility is an ideal break from the more modern and hectic atmosphere of Bangkok. The main residence building is still used infrequently for royal meetings to this day and as a result is closed to the public however the Chinese residence style building is still open to the public allowing visitors the chance to experience the internal architecture and decoration also. This building was a gift from the Chinese chamber of commerce in 1889 to the Thai royal family, and the red lacquer interior really does give a sense of royalty. Even if history isn’t of interest, the breathtaking views are more than worth the trip!