Bangkok, Thailand is another ancient capital in Asia. A city with busy streets filled with some of the world’s tastiest food and cheapest finds, the towering skyscrapers and luxury hotels make it a playground for the urban explorer yearning for a memorable experience and non-stop action and adventure.
But looking beyond the never-ending flow of tourists that go crazy over these sights are Bangkok attractions that reflect the country’s rich culture and heritage. As a place characterised by the bold contrast of old and new, it is important to know the city better through the mesmerising palaces deemed as great representations of the country’s heart and history.
Read through our Thailand travel guide as we give you a rundown of majestic palaces to visit to complete your list of things to do in Bangkok.
Dusit Palace is among the must-visit places in Bangkok because it is home to two significant attractions in the city – Vimanmek Mansion and Ananta Samakhom Throne.
The Vimanmek Mansion holds the title as the world’s largest building made with entirely golden teak. Its first location was in Ko Sichang in Chonburi before King Rama V had it rebuilt in Dusit Palace in the year 1990. Recently, HM Queen Sirikit had it renovated into a museum to pay tribute to the late King Rama V.
Meanwhile, the Anata Samakhom Throne Hall showcases its outstanding neo-centennial architecture as designed by Italian architects Mario Tamango and Annibale Rigotti. Wonderful artworks of Italian artists during the reign of Chulachomklao filled the interior of the throne hall. These artworks welcome dignitaries for royal occasions and council meetings.
Dusit Palace Opening Hours: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm Daily
Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall Opening Hours: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Tuesday – Sunday
Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall: 50 Baht
Vimanmek Mansion: 100 Baht
The second in our list of Bangkok palaces is Phayathai Palace which is convenient to go to especially because it’s a short stroll from the Victory Monument. Phayathai Palace served as a temporary royal residence for King Rama V in 1909. The palace is comprised of five buildings with a beautiful combination of a Romanesque and neo-gothic style interiors.
Beyond Phayathai Palace’s architectural grandeur is an important political history of the Kingdom – Dusit Thani. It is where they used the palace’s 160,000sqm land to experiment on the country’s transition from absolute monarchy to parliamentary government. Today, it is known as Phramongkutklao Hospital before it transformed to become a hotel – in which today’s standard would be classified as a luxury.
Opening Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 1:00pm to 3:00pm, Saturday 9:30am to 11:30am & 1:30pm to 3:30pm, Sunday 9:30am to 11:30am & 1:30pm to 3:30pm; Closed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Ladawan Palace | Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia
Prince Yukodikamporn owns Ladawan Palace which was built in 1906 making it a 100-year-old historical site. It’s currently at the location of the Crown Property Bureau and has a blend of the Western world shown in its Victorian and European interior. This 100-year-old palace also has an Italian villa inside.
Opening Hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday
Bang Khun Phrom Palace
Bang Khun Phrom Palace | Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia
Although not as popular as the other palaces, a visit to the early 20th-century European style Bang Khun Phrom Palace is something you have to include on your Bangkok travel itinerary. Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, be stunned by the beauty and charm of this Bangkok palace that was constructed by the order of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V).
Infused with baroque art patterns, the Bang Khun Phrom Palace door is made of wrought iron and beautifully decorated poles with stucco patterns. Recently, the palace was beautifully renovated and it is under the supervision of the Bank of Thailand.
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00am to 12:00pm & 1:00pm to 4:00pm (Except Bank Holidays)
Suan Pakkad Palace
Suan Pakkad Palace | Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia
Last for our Thailand travel guide is Suan Pakkad Palace.
Walking around Suan Pakkad Palace will make your forget you’re in Bangkok. The name translates to “cabbage patch”, but it is far from being one with the presence of a well-maintained lush garden, ponds and eight historical Thai houses.
Each of the eight houses displays artefacts and antiques which belong to Prince and Princess Chumbhot. The royal family believe that their treasured possessions are part of the country’s heritage so they decided to open their house to the public.
Opening Hours: 9:00am to 4:00pm Daily
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