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These palaces are beautiful and very unique architecture.
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They are beautiful so thailandy covered in gold and orange with designs on the surface.
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Memoirs of Thai Princess - Life in palace

Life in the grand palace
A recently discovered 50-year-old manuscript gives us a fascinating glimpse into life in the Grand Palace during the reign of King Chulalongkorn.
Six months after the publication of her biography Siamese Memoirs: The Life and Times of Pimsai Svasti last year, two additional boxes of the author’s writings and notes were found by her family, some unpublished, including this article written some 50 years ago based on an interview with Princess Chongchitrathanom Diskul, a daughter of Prince Damrong Rajanubhab.
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'Life in the Palace was very dull. Apart from the crazeswe had for bicycling and photography and playing croquet, there wasn't much amusement. Physically it was very uncomfortable.
There were thousands of women and children inside the palace, living in hundreds of buildings of various sizes made of brick or wood according to the importance and standingof the owner of the house.
There was no running water or sewage system. The refuseand waste matter had to be carried out in buckets. In spite of this everyone was very clean. We washed many times a day in water scented by floating jasmine in it. We kept ourselves cool by covering ourselves with kaolinmixed into a paste with Siamese scent'.
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Bangkok Post : A trip to Lanna
To learn about the lives of Queen Jammathewi of the Hariphunchai empire and Princess Dara Rasmi, a royal consort of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), Smile Trip, a cultural group, invites history buffs to a trip to Lamphun and Chiang Mai from Feb 2-5.
The trip will be led by culture experts Chulpassorn Phanomwan Na Ayudhya and Charoen Tanmahapran.
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Vimanmek Mansion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



Upon his return from Europe in1897, King Rama V (1868-1910) used his personal money to purchase orchards and paddy fields between Padung Krungkasem Canal and Samsen Canal for the construction of a royal garden which he named “the Dusit Garden”.

The first permanent residence in Dusit Garden was Vimanmek Mansion, built in 1900 by the royal command of King Rama V. The mansion was in fact his former Summer Palace, the Munthaturaltanaroj Residence of the Chuthathujrachathan at Koh Sri Chang, Chonburi, that was dismantled and rebuilt under the supervision of HRH Prince Narissaranuwaddhiwongse. The celebration for the completion of Vimanmek Mansion was held on March 27, 1901. King Rama V moved from the Grand Palace to reside in Vimanmek Mansion for 5 years until the completion of the Amporn Satarn Mansion in 1906 where he lived until his untimely death in 1910. As a result, Vimanmek Mansion become deserted and the royal family moved back to the Grand Palace.



Vimanmek Mansion

Vimanmek Mansion is the largest residence in Dusit Garden. Its elaborate architectural style reflects a western influence. The building has two right-angled wings. Each wing is 60 metres long and 20 metres high. It is a three-storey building except for the part where the King resided, which is octagonal and has four-storeys. The ground floor is brick and cement while the upper floors are built of golden teakwood planks. There are altogether 31 exhibition rooms, some of which maintain the atmosphere of the past, especially the bedrooms, the Audience Chamber and the bathrooms. Some rooms house exhibitions of art works, for example, there is a silverware display room, a ceramic display room, a glassware display room and an ivory display room.
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What are the designs on the roof symbolic of?
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