Bang Pa-In Palace

Bang Pa-In Palace was built here in the 17th century by the Ayutthaya Dynasty, and was later burned down by the Burmese invasion. In the nineteenth century, Bangkok’s dynasty Rama IV re-elected to build a summer palace here. The summer palace has pleasant scenery, and it is mainly featuring the Western-style architecture, and there is a Chinese Tang Dynasty style palace, which integrates the Western, Thai, and Chinese architectural features.

Bang Pa-In Palace was originally built by King Prasat Thong of Ayutthaya Dynasty in 1632. Later, when Myanmar invaded Ayutthaya in 1767, it destroyed the summer palace and was slowly abandoned. Until the beginning of 1874, Emperor Chulalongkorn expanded and hired foreign architects to design and build many European-style buildings. Today, the entire Bang Pa-In Palace is like a quiet European-style manor with beautiful scenery and it is very fascinating.

All the materials and exhibits of the entire palace were shipped from China. The red pillars and yellow tiles of the whole palace show the style of the Forbidden City. The wall outside the palace is also engraved with the image of a dragon, giving Chinese tourists a sense of being in the country.

In addition, the most striking thing is the water imperial pavilion located in the middle of the lake. The pavilion is the typical Thai “three-pointed” style. The pavilion is like a golden crown, supported by dozens of golden pillars. It is the logo of Bang Pa-In Palace and is also one of the must-see attractions. The entire summer palace is actually not large, and photographing is prohibited in many places in the Bang Pa-In Palace. But the palace and the flowers and plants in the park show the meticulous design of the Bang Pa-In Palace, and it is charming under the blue sky and white clouds.

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