While in Thailand in November 2012, we took a tour out of Bangkok to Ayutthaya. The tour stopped at the Summer Palace – Bang Pa-In – before reaching Ayutthaya.
Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, also known as the Summer Palace, lies beside the Chao Phraya River in Ayutthaya Province. In fact, either the river flows through the palace grounds, or a portion of it has been diverted to form this beautiful waterway.
After falling into disrepair over the previous centuries, most of the present buildings were constructed between 1872 and 1889 by King Chulalongkorn. Wikipedia tells me that Bang Pa-In is used for banquets and special occasions, but rarely by the royal family.
The pavilion in the water was originally build entirely of wood but the base was later changed to concrete.
We were permitted to see the Queen’s sitting room and audience chamber, (no photos) but I had to put on a floor-length skirt in order to be admitted. (I was wearing capri-length pants.) While donning the skirt in a side room, I saw this light fixture, which I enjoyed as much as the buildings outside.