Bang Pa-In Palace
Chao Sam Praya National Museum houses various archaeological objects and antiques discovered in Ayudhya province. These objects, including ancient treasures from Ratburana Temple, Mahatat Temple, and Sri Suriyothai Chedi, are invaluable in terms of historical and cultural importance for historians and archaeologists alike. Read more
Apart from being the location where the Buddha’s relics are enshrined, Wat Pramahatad is also the place where statues of the Kattukam and Rammatep kings are kept. This is an ancient temple with a delicate structure. It has been maintained by the Ayudhya Kings and the Rattanakosin reign. Read more
After the second fall of Ayutthaya, most of the temples and palaces were destroyed. However, Nag Phra Men Temple was the only one not burnt down because it was located close to the royal palace around which the Burmese army billeted. The temple was built in 1504, the era of Somdet Phra Ramathibodi II. King Rama III ordered its reconstruction including the chapel. Read more
Wat Tammikarat is a royal temple surrounded by many large pillars. It is one of the biggest royal temples of the Ayudhya Kingdom. Despite some damage, it still shows traces of embellishment. Originally, it was the enshrinement of Luang Por Tammikarat – the villagers called him Luang Por Kae (old) since he had an old face. One of the biggest Buddha images made by U-thong artisans is today preserved in the Jao Sampraya National Museum. Read more
SACICT covers a large area on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. There are also other interesting places such as Pla palace, Suan Nok (bird garden). An event is held by the SACICT at the Chao Phraya River annually during Loy Krathong festival, which is very popular. Read more
Inside the palace, there are numerous beautiful and interesting attractions as follows:
Aisawanthipphaya – A pavilion is located in the middle of a pond built in the era of King Rama V. There is the image of the king in the royal uniform of a field marshal.
Hem Monthian Thewarat Tower or Phra Chao Prasat Thong shrine is a stupa in Cambodian style. An image of Phra Chao Prasat Thong can be seen.
Varopas Piman Pavillion is a two-storey building in Corinthian order style including throne and stateroom.
Uthayan Phum Sathian Pavillion is the main pavilion of Bang Pa-In Palace. The original two-storey pavilion made of wood and painted green was lost in a fire and building was rebuilt in concrete.
Withun Tassana Tower is a three-storey building, round on the top which is used to be a telescope viewpoint.
More attractions are not mentioned here. You have to go and visit yourself to experience how spectacular this palace is.
How to get there
Take a train to Bang Pa-In from Bangkok. Taxis and motorbikes or motor-tricycles are available at the station.