This palace is a famous tourist destination of Ayutthaya and Bang Pa-in District. It had been a royal palace in Ayutthaya Era which is believed to be built by King Prasat Thong or the 24th King of Ayutthaya Era and the First King of Prasat Thong Dynasty, the 4th dynasty of Ayutthaya Era, in the area where King Prasat Thong was born, which was the area of the old residence of King Prasat Thong’s mother.
Bang Pa-in Palace might have been the palace for many after kings afterwards because it is not so far from the city island. After the fall of Ayutthaya, this palace was abandoned until the reign of King Rama IV when Bang Pa-in Palace was restored. Later, King Rama V initiated the project of the great restoration for the palace whereby new throne halls and buildings were constructed until this palace could be used as a place to receive royal delegates from overseas countries and to throw royal banquets.
Interesting components of the palace are as follows.
Hema Monthian Thewarat Chamber is a stone pagoda in Khmer style, which King Rama V built as the dedication to King Prasat Thong.
Sphakan Ratchaprayun is a two story-building by the river, which used to be a residential place for the royal family members of the front court and their attendants. Nowadays, this building is the place to show the items that people offered to the royal family in different occasions.
Aisawan Thipphaya-at Throne Hall can be said to be a symbol of Bang Pa-in Palace. It is a four corner-building in a pond. King Rama V ordered this throne hall to be built as an imitation of Aphonphimok Throne Hall in the Grand Palace.
Warophat Phiman Throne Hall is a one story-building that was used as the residence and an audience hall. Inside, there are the audience hall and a leisure room. Originally, this throne hall had had two stories but was later modified to have only one story.
Utthayan Phumisathian Throne Hall is a beautiful throne hall like a Swiss chalet. It served as a favourite residence of King Rama V but it was burnt down in a fire. Later, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit asked for His Majesty King Rama IX’s permission to rebuild this throne hall in A.D. 1994.
Withun Tasana Chamber is a high tower in the pond. King Rama V ordered this tower to be built in order to be used as the place to use the telescope to see views and stars.
Wehat Chamrun Throne Hall was built by Chinese merchants in Thailand in order to be offered to King Rama V in A.D. 1889. This throne hall is in spectacular Chinese architecture.
Inner Court Compound consists of western buildings with monuments that King Rama V ordered to be built for commemorating many queens, consorts, princes and princesses.
To visit Bang Pa-in Palace, visitors must wear proper clothes. Sleeveless tops, skirts too short to cover knees, tights (leggings) and slippers without heel straps are not allowed. Jeans that are not torn or ripped are allowed. Visitors whose clothes do not fit the dress code can borrow wrap-around skirts and shirts from the palace.
Opening Hours: Everyday from 08:00 to 16:00, admission fees are 30 baht for a Thai adult and 20 baht for a child.
Location: Bang Pa-in District, 600 kilometers from Bang Pa-in District Office
Contact Information: Telephone Numbers: +66-35-261-548, +66-35-261-044