Vimanmek Palace

Vimanmek Palace
Vimanmek Palace

This stunning three-storey palace, also known as the Castle in the Clouds, stands by a picturesque lake amidst quiet, shady grounds and is acknowledged as the largest golden teakwood building the world.

Once the summer palace of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) on the island of Ko Si Chang, it was taken apart and rebuilt without using nails on its present location in 1901 where he lived in it until 1906. Shaped like the letter ‘L”, it features two right-angle wings, each 60 metres long and 20 metres high. The section that the King resided in is octagonal and has four storeys and the interior blends the neo-classical style from Europe with traditional Thai motifs and architecture.

Vimanmek Palace

It was restored in 1982 for Bangkok’s bicentennial and today the 81 exquisite rooms, halls and antechambers pay homage to the Rama V era. The second and third floors have exhibits of porcelain, cloisonné, crystal ware, pentachrome, and nielloware, as well as tusks, horns, antlers and a collection of beautiful walking sticks. The King’s private octagonal apartment has the original furniture and many of his personal effects.

A visit to Vimanmek Palace offers a peek into the past as well as the lives of the royals and is a great for all age groups.



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