If you are interested in architecture and crafts, you shouldn't miss to visit Vimanmek Palace. This is an outstanding example of 19th century architecture and admired by many craftsman and carpenters.

Vimanmek Palace was built for King Rama V on land he named the Dusit Garden. It was completed in 1901 and King Rama V took up residence until 1906. It was originally his summer palace on Sri Chang island, then it was re-built at its present location under the supervision of HRH Prince Narissaranuwaddhiwongse.

This palace is three storeys building and is the largest golden teak building in the world. Its style of architecture was influenced by European style.

From 1906, since King Rama V moving to Amporn Satarn Mansion, Vimanmek Palace was un-occupied until 1925 when King Rama VI gave permission for his wife to take up residence. She stayed there until her death. After that for 50 years, it was used as just a storage area for the Bureau of the Royal Household until 1982. In 1982, HRH Queen Sirikit initiated its restoration as a museum to commemorate King Rama V.

Now, there are 31 exhibition rooms. Many silverware, ceramic, glassware and ivory are displayed, and some rooms are preserved.


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