The Bang Pa-in Royal Palace was constructed as the summer retreat of the Ayutthaya Kings in 1632. After the Ayutthaya Kingdom fell to a Burmese invasion in 1767, the palace lay in ruins for nearly two centuries before King Rama IV of the Kingdom of Thailand began the restoration process in the mid-19th century.
By 1872 Rama V had come to power after the old king’s death, and the well-traveled and thoroughly educated newly crowned monarch showcased his worldliness on the Bang Pa-in Palace grounds by choosing to reconstruct the structures using architectural styles from around the world.
The palace throne room, Warophat Phiman, features European gothic architecture. Wehart Chamrun was built in the opulent Chinese style with dark wood and mother of pearl inlays, and Saphakhan Ratchaprayun was constructed in British Colonial style.
The stained-glass windows of Wat Niwet Thamprawat, possibly the world’s only Buddhist temple constructed to look like a gothic cathedral, are a must-see for travelers on luxury tours of Thailand. A cable car provides a quick ride across the river to the temple.
Hot from March to June, and rainy from July to September, the best weather to visit the area is from October through February while touring Thailand.
Bang Pa-in Royal Palace is in Ayutthaya Province just outside of Bangkok. The palace is best reached by private car leaving from Ayutthaya Town.
Architecturally unique, Bang Pa-in Royal Palace is a must-see for any Thailand tour. Rama IV and V were two of the most prolific Thai rulers, and their modern sensibilities and openness towards other cultures is easily recognized in the grounds’ diverse structures.
Appropriate Attire :
Royal grounds in Thailand have strict dress codes, and visitors not wearing clothing covering shoulders, arms, and knees can be denied entry.