Bang Pa-In Thai Palace

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

Bang Pa-In

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.

Chao Praya River

Chao Praya River

You were allowed inside this building, which was like a temple, but more airy.

You were allowed inside this building, which was like a temple, but more airy.

Close up of the roof of the previous building.

Close up of the roof of the previous building.

After falling into disrepair over the previous centuries, most of the present buildings were constructed between 1872 and 1889 by King ChulalongkornWikipedia 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.

Thailand November 2012 Thailand November 2012

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.

What vintage? 1920's?

What vintage? 1920’s?

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5 comments on “Bang Pa-In Thai Palace

  1. It looks incredible. Nice photos.

    • BuntyMcC says:

      It was calm and quiet – no crowds – and you could rent a golf cart and drive around if the heat was bothering you. (WE didn’t)

  2. Anonymous says:

    Stunning! Thank-you for sharing.

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