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Bang Pa-In

Country
Thailand
State
Ayuthya
City
Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
Type of Location
Multiple
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By train

Bang Pa-In is on the northern line to Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai. Three trains per day in each direction stop at Bang Pa-In, and the journey from Bangkok takes 1.5 hours. You'll have to make an early start to catch the 07:00 from Hualamphong though.

By boat

There are no scheduled services, but many of the tourist cruises to Ayutthaya stop at Bang Pa-In on the way.

By bus

Air-con 2nd class buses depart from stall 99 of Bangkok's Northern Bus Terminal every 30 minutes or so and cost 43 baht, no advance ticket needed. You may also be able to hop on board along the way outside MRT Phayon Yothin station. Being a second-class bus, it stops at every bus stop, shopping mall and grilled chicken stand along the way, so the journey takes the better part of two hours.
From Ayutthaya, minibus/songthaews connect to Bang Pa-In from the central BKS station, a 40-minute journey.

By taxi

A taxi from Bang Pa-In to Ayutthaya costs a fixed 150 baht.
 

Key places to visit
Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, The museum, Doll Bridge, Phra Thinang Uthayan Phumisathian Residential Hall, Divine Seat of Personal Freedom


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Places to Visit

Bang Pa-In Royal Palace

Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, also known as the Summer Palace, is a palace complex formerly used by the Thai kings. The palace is located on the Chao Phraya River bank in Bang Pa-In district, Ayutthaya ProvinceKing Prasat Thong originally constructed the complex in 1632, and though it lay empty and overgrown throughout the late 18th century and early 19th century, King Mongkut began to restore the site in the mid-19th century. Most of the present buildings were constructed between 1872 and 1889 by King Chulalongkorn.

The museum

The museum adjacent to the church-cum-temple has an unremarkable collection of Buddhist paraphernalia, but is worth a peek for the exquisite stained glass windows inside, showcasing scenes from Thai myths.

Doll Bridge

Western architecture is represented in the Doll Bridge, where sculptured statues of Greek deities and goddesses stand along the bridge, as those over the Tiber River in Rome, while a rare collection of Arts of the Corinthian Order are preserved in the Pra Thinang Varobhas Bimarn Residential Hall. In addition, an example of Spanish architecture may be observed at the Krajome Trae (horned tent), where soldiers would sound their horns in honor of an arriving Royal visitor.

Phra Thinang Uthayan Phumisathian Residential Hall

Phra Thinang Uthayan Phumisathian Residential Hall is located in the inner premises and considered a Presidential Residence of the Bang Pa-in Palace. Originally, the Residential Hall was built as a 2-storey teakwood house, decorated in European style with classic French furniture of Napoleon III’s reign. The finest examples of Thai furniture of that period also adorn the Hall.

Divine Seat of Personal Freedom

Divine Seat of Personal Freedom. The only Thai-style building in the palace, this beautiful pavilion sitting in the middle of a lake has been designated as the archetype of the Thai pavilion (sala Thai), a national symbol of Thailand. The statue standing in the middle represents Rama V and was erected by his son.
 

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