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DailyOperating time: 08.30 - 16.30
located off Sorasak Road
Tel. โทร. 0 3641 1458
Category : Royal Palace
Attraction Details :
King Narai’s Palace, officially named Phra Narai Ratchaniwet is located in Ta Hin Sub-District, Lopburi District, Lopburi. It is locally known as ‘Wang Narai’. Now, it has been converted into a national museum. He ordered the palace to be built in 1666 on 41 Rai of land in Lopburi town. The palace had been used as a place to stay when he went hunting, administering the country's affairs, and welcoming official visitors. He stayed at this palace toward the end of his reign, during 8-9 months before his death at Phra Thinang Sutthasawan. After the king died in 1688, the palace was abandoned. Later on in the reign of King Mongkut, this palace had been restored. King Mongkut also ordered construction of the new throne hall complex to be built in 1856. He renamed the palace to ‘Phra Narai Rachaniwet’.
The area in the palace can be divided into 3 parts. It had been abandoned after the reign of King Narai and was reconstructed during the reign of King Mongkut. Now, this palace serves as a museum.
1.The outer courtyard
Buildings that were built during the reign of King Narai, which are;
•Sublek Dam: according to the French Chronicle, the water supply system was the work of Frenchman and Italian. The water came from Sublek Dam through a clay pipe. This was made for the use in the palace.
•Phra Khlang Supharat: It is believed to be used as a storage house, stored goods and royal property used in royal receptions. Sometimes, this place is used to hold banquets.
•Phra Chao Hao building: It is assumed to be a pray room. There is a Buddha statue inside this building, named Phra Chao Hao, the source to the name of this building.
•Banquet Hall: a reception hall for foreign visitors. It is located at the middle of the royal garden, surrounded by a small canal.
•Royal Elephant Stables: There are 10 stables.
2.The central courtyard
•Chantara Phisan Pavilion: the pavilion was subsequently used as an audience hall during the reign of King Narai the Great.
•Dusit Sawan Thanya Maha Prasat Throne Hall: it is used as an audience hall to receive foreign diplomats. The hall is a mix of Thai and French architectural styles; the front part is in French style, the rear in Thai style with lotus-bud top (Mondapa). There is a balcony at the center part, a place where the king came out to meet the guests.
•Phiman Monkut Pavilion: It was built in the reign of King Mongkut. There are 4 buildings connected to one another, namely, Phiman Monkut Pavilion, Sutthi Winitchai Pavilion, the Chai Sattrakorn Pavilion and the Aksorn Sattrakhom.
•Royal Guards Residence: A residence for the royal guards that was built during the reign of King Rama 4.
3.The inner courtyard
•Suttha Sawan Throne Hall, King Narai’s private residence
•Phiman Mongkut Group of Throne Halls, built in the reign of King Mongkut
It opens daily from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm. It is closed on Monday, Tuesday and public holidays.
Admission fee: 10 baht/Thai citizen, 30 baht/foreigner
For more information, please contact Somdet Phra Narai National Museum, Sorasak Road, Muang District, Lopburi 15000 or call 036-411458.
From Prang Kaek Shopping Center, keep going straight toward Siam Commercial Bank on Surasak Road, a tall brick wall will be seen on the right hand side.