Royal Palaces of Thailand
With less than a week to the King's 60th Anniversary of Accenssion to the Throne, it would be really great to see various pictures of the Royal Palaces in Thailand, along with their brief stories.
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There is a great site that allow you to see the palaces virtually. This is also a great resource to see & read about Thai Royal Palaces. Here's the link :
let's start with the Grand Palace in Bangkok ...
The GRAND PALACE of BANGKOK
The Grand Palace has an area of 218,400 sq. metres and is surrounded by walls built in 1782. The length of the four walls is 1,900 metres. Within these walls are situated government offices and the Chapel Royal of the Emerald Buddha besides the royal residences.
When Siam restored law and order after the fall of Ayutthaya the monarch lived in Thonburi on the west side of the river. Rama I, on ascending the throne, moved the centre of administration to this side of the Chao Phraya; and, after erecting public monuments such as fortifications and monasteries, built a palace to serve not only as his residence but also his offices--the various ministries, only one of which remains in the palace walls.
This palace came to be known as the Grand Palace, in which the earliest edifices contemporary with the foundation of Bangkok were the two groups of residences named the Dusit Maha Prasat and the Phra Maha Monthian.
The Chapel Royal of The Emerald Buddha
Just north of the Royal Residence of the Maha Monthian from which there is a connecting gate lies The Chapel Royal of The Emerald Buddha. It consists of all the architectural features of the monastery without however the residential quarter, for monks do not live here. The Assembly Hall, or Ubosoth, serves as the monarch's private chapel. Hence the partition on either side of the main altar intended as a retiring room,which is never to be found anywhere else but the only other chapel royal, that of the King of Thonburi, which serves now as the Assembly Hall of the monastery of Arun within the former grounds of the palace of that king. The “Emerald Buddha” is carved from a block of jade. It is an object of national veneration and crowds come to pay respect to the memory of the Buddha and His Teachings on certain days of the weeks when it is open to the public.
(you can read more about the Emerald Buddha here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat_Phra_Kaew)
Chakri Maha Prasat Hall
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The Chakri Group was built and resided in by King Chulalongkorn, Rama V (1868-1910). Only the reception portion is now used, consisting of two wings for reception purposes decorated with galleries of portraiture. In between is the central throne-hall now used for various purposes and formerly for the reception of foreign envoys on the occasions of the presentation of their credentials. It is aptly decorated with four canvasses of diplomatic receptions.
Dusit Maha Prasat Hall
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Here we have an audience hall with a throne of mother-of-pearl surmounted by the usual nine-tiered white canopy, the mark of a duly crowned king. At the back of this audience hall is yet a living quarter. All are built in pure Siamese architecture of perfect proportions. In front of this group is the Disrobing Pavilion--Arpornphimok-- which was reproduced and sent to adorn the Thailand exhibits at the Exhibition of Brussels in 1958.
King Rama I built the Dusit Maha Prasat as a replacement for an earlier wooden Phra Thinang Amarintharapisek Maha Prasat which burned down in 1790. King Rama I intended that the present building be used for his own Lying-in-State as it has the same height and dimensions as the Phra Thinang Suriyamarin at Ayutthaya, the customary hall for the Lying-in-State of Ayutthaya kings.
Thus the principle function of the Dusit Maha Prasat has been and still is a Hall for Lying-in-State of kings, queens and honoured members of the royal family. This Hall is also used for the annual Consecration Day Ceremony (Phra Ratcha Phithi Chat Mongkhon). It houses many important objects.
(source of texts : palaces.thai.net)
More of the GRAND PALACE
1&2 - Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand
3 - Gate Building to the Royal Palace, Bangkok, Thailand
4 - Woman Looking Up to the Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand
5&6 - Grand Palace Bangkok, Thailand
7 - Trees in Front of the Grand Palace in Bangkok
8 - Grand Palace Sign and Flags
9 - Grand Palace, Bangkok
10 - Waterlily in Pond at the Grand Palace in Bangkok
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More of the GRAND PALACE & its Wat Phra Kaeo (home of the Emerald Buddha)
1 - Grand Palace and Temple Wat Phra Kaeo, Bangkok, Thailand
2&3 - Wat Phra Keo, Bangkok, Thailand
4&5 - Statue of Temple Guardian at Wat Phra Kaeo. Temple or gate guard, one of six pairs of demon-guardian statues facing the Ubosoth, or the ordination hall in Wat Phra Kaeo Temple. These mythical ogres were built in the reign of King Rama III, each representing an important character in the Ramayana.
6 - Wat Phra Kaeo Palace
7 - Figures at Golden Roof
8 - Young Man at the Gate of Wat Phra Kaeo in Bangkok
9 - Statue at Wat Phra Kaeo and Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand
10 - The Wat Phra Kaeo at The Grand Palace in Bangkok
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More of the GRAND PALACE
1 - Statue of Wat Pra Keo temple, Bangkok, Thailand
2 - Adornment on Wall of Grand Palace, Bangkok
3 - Buddhist Statue in the Grand Palace, Thailand
4 - Spires of Wat Pra Kaeo
5-10 - Grand Palace Bangkok Thailand
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More of the GRAND PALACE
1 - Monks Near Pavilion at Grand Palace in Bangkok. Two Buddhist monks walk past the Aphornphimok Pavilion, next to the Dusit Maha Prasat, at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand.
2 - Royal Palace in Bangkok. A Buddhist says prayers in front of the Colossi Wirunhok at Wat Phra Kaeo at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand.
3 - Caution Signs at Wat Phra Kaeo. Two warning signs telling visitors not to stand or sit on the walls at Wat Phra Kaeo in Bangkok, Thailand. The temple complex, which houses a piece of the Buddha's breastbone, is located on the grounds of the Royal Palace.
4 - Temple spires at Wat Pra Keo in Bangkok, Thailand
5-10 Grand Palace Bangkok Thailand
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(all photos from Corbis)
More of the GRAND PALACE
1 - Pavilion at the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Exterior of the Aphornphimok Pavilion next to the Dusit Maha Prasat at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand
2 - Monk at Dusit Maha Prasat in Bangkok. A Buddhist monk walks along the walkway by Dusit Maha Prasat, at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand.
3 - Buildings at the Grand Palace in Bangkok. The Aphornphimok Pavilion sits between the Dusit Maha Prasat (L) and Chakri Maha Prasat (R) at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand.
4 - Royal Barge Paddle past the Grand Palace. The Navy oarsmen of the Subanahongsa Royal Barge paddle past the Grand Palace near the Chao Phya River during rehearsals. The Royal Barge procession was staged on the Chao Phya River for world leaders attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit in Bangkok on October 20.
5 - A marble bridge at the summer palace in Bang Pa-in near Bangkok, Thailand
6 - Royal Grand Palace in Bangkok. Bangkok, Thailand: Exterior view of the Royal Grand Palace in Bangkok.
7 - Emerald Buddha Grand Palace. Bangkok, Thailand: General view of the Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha
8 - Stupas of the Grand Palace
9 - Shrine in Wat Phra Kaeo. A an ornate shrine in Wat Phra Kaeo, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok, is surrounded by elephant sculptures.
10 - Woman in Courtyard of Grand Palace in Bangkok
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More of the GRAND PALACE
1&2 - Grand Palace Compound
3 - Wat Phra Kaeo with Colossi of Wirunhok
4 - Bicyclist at the Grand Palace in Bangkok
5 - Front View of Grand Palace of Bangkok
6 - Exterior View of Grand Palace of Bangkok
7 - Grand Palace: Inner Court Bridge from Kok Or (L) to Res. of Princess Orapraphanramphai
8 - Grand Palace: Inner Court Ho Phra That Montien (left) & Mukkasan (right)
9 - East Staircase, Grand Palace
10 - Grand Palace: Inner Court Kok Or
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(all photos from Corbis)
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.
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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.
(photo source : corbis, text source : palaces.thai.net)
Inside the VIMANMEK
The Vimanmek palace is known as the world's largest building made of teak. Located in Bangkok's Suan Dusit park, it was built in 1901 on a request by King Rama V.
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Other royal palaces around Bangkok (there are many more all through Thailand)
This is the current residence of King Bhumibol Adulyadej & Queen Sirikit. There aren't that many photos of Chitralada as it is a very enclosed & private royal residence. You can find out more about it here :
Chitralada Villa was built in 1913 in the reign of King Vajiravudh (Rama VI), who used it as his private place for writing. Today, the villa, which is part of Dusit Palace in Dusit District of Bangkok, is the official residence of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. It covers an area of 395 rai, or 158 acres. A simple three-story structure in a rectangular form, the villa is in the Western architectural style and it is surrounded by a moat in all four sides, with the yellow maharaj (a symbol of the King) flag displayed on top.
His Majesty the King has devoted some areas in the villa compound to his experimental projects in agriculture. This eventually formed the basis of the world's first experimental farm based within a royal residence, whose windmills and farming implements are visible to all who drive past. Successful results of his experiments have been disseminated to his subjects to translate them into action. These projects include rice farming, dairy cow raising, fish farming, and forestry demonstrations.
The villa is also the location of the SUPPORT Center, established by Her Majesty the Queen, who had an occupational training project carried out there since 1979. The SUPPORT Center provides training for SUPPORT members in various branches of craftsmanship. It has become a center for beautiful SUPPORT products made by villagers across the country.
Klai Kangwon Palace
King Prajadhipok (Rama VII) constructed Klai Kangwon Palace in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province for Queen Rambhai Barni to stay in summer. Construction work began in October 1926 and was completed in 1933.
Within Klai Kangwon are four major buildings; all of them are decorated in the Mediterranean architectural style, the form of which is adapted to the Thai style. The most important building is Piumsuk, which is the royal residence of Their Majesties the King and Queen. Literally meaning "far from worries," Klai Kangwon was a favorite residence for King Prajadhipok and Queen Rambhai Barni, who spent a certain period there each year. It is also a favorite residence for the present monarch, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who now spends most of his time at this palace. Klai Kangwon covers an area of more than 300 rai (120 acres).
Bang Pa-In Palace
The Royal Palace at Bang Pa-In has a history dating back to the 17 th century. According to a chronicle of Ayutthaya, King Prasat Thong (1629-1656) had a palace constructed on Bang Pa-In Island in the Chao Phraya River. A contemporary Dutch merchant, Jeremias van Vliet, reported that King Prasat Thong was an illegitimate son of King Ekathotsarot (1605-1610/11), who in his youth was shipwrecked on that island and had son by a woman who befriended him. The boy grew up to become the Chief Minister. After having usurped the throne, he became known as King Prasat Thong. The King founded a monastery, Wat Chumphon Nikayaram, on the land belonging to his mother on Bang Pa-In Island, and then had a pond dug and a palace built to the south of that monastery. The chronicle records the name of only one building, the Aisawan Thiphaya-art Royal Residence, which was constructed in 1632, the year of the birth of his son, the future King Narai (1656-1688). It is not known whether or not the palace was in use till the fall of Ayutthaya in 1767. However by 1807, when the Kingdom's best known poet, Sunthon Phu, sailed past Bang Pa-In, only a memory of the palace remained, for the site was neglected and overgrown.
The palace was revived by King Rama IV of the Chakri Dynasty, better known in the West as King Mongkut (1851-1868), who had a temporary residence constructed on the outer island that became the site of the Neo-Gothic style monastery, Wat Niwet Thamprawat, which was built by his son and heir, King Chulalongkorn (Rama V).
The present-day royal palace dates from the reign of King Chulalongkorn (1868-1910), when most of the buildings standing today were constructed between 1872-1889.
Today the palace is used occasionally by Their Majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) and Queen Sirikit as a residence and for holding receptions and banquets.
(source : http://www.60thcelebrations.com/engl...yal_palace.php & http://www.palaces.thai.net/)
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Bang–Pa- In Palace
Bang–Pa- In Palace
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Sanam Chandra Palace
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Amarin Winitchai Throne Hall, taken in 1935
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