Bangkok Culture | Bangkok attractions
Bangkok palaces are not all large, splendid residences, unlike palaces in the West. Some of them are rather simple teak homes, while others are vast and ornate. But no matter how large the palace, all of the Bangkok palaces are truly something to behold. These former residences of royalty all have significant beauty, lovely gardens and wonderful history. During your Thailand holiday be sure to visit some of the lovely Bangkok palaces.
Grand Palace Bangkok
The Grand Palace in Bangkok is a major tourist attraction and is very large. It features delightful Thai architecture from the era of 1782, when it was built. The Grand Palace was the home of the Thai King for over 150 years and is now a historic museum that draws crowds from all over the world. The entire palace seems to be encased in gold as glorious statues of Buddha surround the ornate palace. A visit to Bangkok is not complete unless you visit the Grand Palace.
Suan Pakkad Palace
Another one of the fabulous Bangkok palaces is the Suan Pakkad Palace. The buildings stand on stilts over what was once a cabbage patch. Inside these lovely wooden structures you will feel as though you have stepped back in time 50 years as nothing has really been changed since the buildings were constructed in the late 1950s. Each house has fine art and lovely antiques that once belonged to the Prince and Princess Chumbhot. The grounds of the Suan Pakkad Palace are delightful, particularly the ponds that surround the tropical garden. The Suan Pakkad Palace is well worth the visit and is truly one of the most lovely Bangkok palaces.
Wangderm Palace is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, close to the magnificent Temple of Dawn. The palaceis lovely and features Thai architecture dating back to 1767. The palace was built shortly after Siam was liberated from Burma and was once the home of the newly crowned King of Siam. The Wangderm Palace also boasts of lovely antiques and artifacts and magnificent grounds where you can literally stroll for hours.
One of the largest palaces is the Vimanmek Mansion. This is located behind the Thai National Assembly and was rebuilt in 1900. It has been completely renovated and made into a museum to honor King Rama IV. In addition to seeing some lovely antique furniture, you can also see some exquisite glassware as well as many different artifacts regarding the reign of King Rama IV. There is a guided tour through the Vimanmek Mansion and English-speaking guides will relate some charming anecdotes as well as answer any questions you may have about the palace.
Bangkok palaces all offer something unique in way of architecture, décor and antiquities. Most of the palaces are either free or have very inexpensive entrance fees and are all well worth the time to tour. During you Thai holiday, be sure to visit some or all of the lovely Bangkok palaces.
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