Vimanmek Mansion and Dusit Palace, another fantastic palace of Bangkok
More than 200 years of Bangkok history, there has been many stories of people and places. The history of Chakri dynasty has related to many important places in Bangkok. After visiting The Grand Palace, another palace, the highlight of Bangkok is Dusit Palace built in 1897 by King Rama V.
One of the highlight of Dusit Palace is Vimanmek Mansion. This is the largest teakwood mansion in the world constructed in 1900 by moving the previous one from Sichang Island, Chonburi to rebuild in Dusit Palace area. After finishing the construction, King Rama V moved from The Grand Palace to stay here. This mansion was closed for the long period of time and open again in this reign to be the gallery for keeping the royal accessories of King Rama V
Vimanmek Mansion had influence by the western architecture. Fantastic decoration stuff and old photographs of King Rama V’s daily life and his works will make you enjoy visiting the place. You can see the private rooms of King Rama V and his consorts. Old style toilets, bed rooms, living rooms and others have been restored in the original decoration.
Beside Vimanmek Mansion, there are many minor buildings in the palace area. They used to be the places for the royal family staying but currently, they have become galleries and museums to exhibit the old photographs and paintings of the royal family as well as old utility stuffs and handicrafts.
One of the minor mansion, Abhisek Dusit, Moore style wood architecture, it was used as the throne hall of Dusit Palace.
Walking around the Dusit Palace, it might take whole day to finish however, your weariness will recovered when you arrive at fantastic Ananta Samakhom throne hall.
King Rama V ordered to build this throne hall in 1907 and finished in 1915 in the period of King Rama VI. Ananta Samakhom throne hall is the renaissance style architecture and the whole building is made of the best marble from Carara, Italy and constructed by Italian builders. Moreover, the main decoration inside is the painting on the throne roof done by Italian painters. The painting presents the royal works of the King in Chakri dynasty from King Rama I to VI.This used to be the first parliament of Thailand after the governing regime was changed to be democracy in 1932.
Moreover, in the palace area, there is a gallery for keeping the old vehicles, used by the king and royal family. There are many type of carts and cars.
Visiting this palace, tourists will feel like they are in the period of King Rama V more than 100 years ago. A half or whole day trip in Dusit palace will make you understand one of the important part of Thai history.
Open 9.30 – 16.00 Ticket 100 Baht (Ticket Booth Closed 15.15)
Buying the ticket from The Grand Palace at 350 Baht, it includes entrance to Dusit Palace.