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    Warophat Phiman

    by machomikemd Written Nov 2, 2013
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    The Throne Hall is located across the Aisawanthipphaya-At Pavilion, the Warophat Phiman was originally made of wood and was used as a living hall and to recieve foreign guests and high officials by the king. It was reconstructed by King Rama IV in the 19th century, it became the throne room too and the wooden structure became concrete and done into european style. currently, you cannot take photos and videos inside this villa and you have to remove your shoes before entering inside.

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    Summer is for the Royal Summer Palace

    by Aunt_Bertha Written Aug 30, 2013

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    Bang-Pa-In Summer Palace

    In Bang-Pa-In my friend U Yai and I visited the lovely Royal Palace that is also known as the Summer Palace, although we visited there in May. The palace was formerly used by Thai kings, hence its name Royal Palace. The palace is located on the Chao Phraya (Bye-bye Phraya) River bank in Bang-Pa-In.

    King Prasat Thong originally constructed the palace in 1632. It was mainly left to itself and to decay throughout the late 18th century. At the beginning of the 19th century King Mongkut began to restore the site. Most of the present buildings present these days were built between 1872 and 1889 by King Chulalongkorn.

    The palace complex includes large gardens, a Chinese-style royal palace and throne room, the Warophat Phiman royal residence, Ho Withun Thasana (a brightly painted vista tower) and the Aisawan Thiphya Art (a pavilion constructed in the middle of a pond).

    The palace remains largely open to visitors at most times and it sure is a beautiful and relaxing place that is pleasing to the eye. It's a good idea to visit there when you're in the vicinity, although perhaps not in the month of May as that's the hottest and most humid month in Thailand. It made our visit almost unbearable although no less pleasing to the eye. Closing remarks: since it's a summer palace, it's probably best to visit it in the summer and not in May.

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    Memorial to Queen Sunanda Kumariratana

    by machomikemd Updated Aug 27, 2013
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    At the Back of the of the King Chulalangkorn Throne Hall (Excellent and Shining Heavenly Abode ) after the bridge is a memorial built for the Memory of Queen Sunanda Kumariratana (and her daughter) who perished at the Chao Phraya River in 1881, when the royal barge she was riding capsized. Queen Sunanda Kumariratana and her only daughter Princess Karnabhorn Bejraratana were on their way to the Bang Pa-In Palace when the royal barge carrying them capsized. According to Thai law at the time, touching a royal was punishable by death, so onlookers looked on helplessly as they drowned - and were instructed to do so by a guardian on another boat. King Chulalongkorn, shocked by the events, demoted and jailed the vizier who obeyed the letter of the law at such cost and erected a memorial to her in Bang Pa-In and they sit side by side near the bridge.

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    Sages' Lookout (Ho Withun Thasana) 3

    by machomikemd Written Nov 13, 2012
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    Final Part of my Sages Lookout Tip with pictures of the panoramic views at the tower

    this is the view of the Chinese Style pagoda Given by the Chinese Emperor to the King of Thailand in the 17th century, it is called the Ho Withun Thasana (Sages' Lookout), a brightly-painted lookout tower spanning 7 stories high and offers view of the Bang Pa In Complex. You can enter it and have a look see of the surrounding areas along the Bang Pa In Summer Complex and take pictures and videos too.

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    Sages' Lookout (Ho Withun Thasana) 2

    by machomikemd Written Nov 13, 2012
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    Part two of my Sages Lookout Tip with pictures inside the tower

    this is the view of the Chinese Style pagoda Given by the Chinese Emperor to the King of Thailand in the 17th century, it is called the Ho Withun Thasana (Sages' Lookout), a brightly-painted lookout tower spanning 7 stories high and offers view of the Bang Pa In Complex. You can enter it and have a look see of the surrounding areas along the Bang Pa In Summer Complex and take pictures and videos too.

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    Sages' Lookout (Ho Withun Thasana) 1

    by machomikemd Written Nov 13, 2012
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    This will be a three part tip with pictures outside, inside and at the top of the Sages Look out.

    this is the view of the Chinese Style pagoda Given by the Chinese Emperor to the King of Thailand in the 17th century, it is called the Ho Withun Thasana (Sages' Lookout), a brightly-painted lookout tower spanning 7 stories high and offers view of the Bang Pa In Complex. You can enter it and have a look see of the surrounding areas along the Bang Pa In Summer Complex and take pictures and videos too.

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    Excellent and Shining Heavenly Abode

    by machomikemd Written Nov 12, 2012
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    This picture is the Warophat Phiman (Excellent and Shining Heavenly Abode), a royal residence done into european Victorian style; located in the middle of the Bang Pa In Summer Palace Complex, Inside it contains Chulalongkorn's throne hall and is decorated in a richly european flair with a few thai touches. it is a good photo stop along the main trail.

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    Heavenly Light (Wehart Chamrun)

    by machomikemd Written Nov 12, 2012
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    This is the called the Wehart Chamrunt (Heavenly Light), a Chinese-style royal palace and throne room that was built during the reign of King Rama IV and the materials were imported from China, picture taking is not allowed inside, just outside. It was built by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in 1889, this opulent Chinese-style palace is also another standout, full of red, gold, dark woods and inlaid mother of pearl.

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    Divine Seat of Personal Freedom(Aisawan Thiphya-At

    by machomikemd Written Nov 12, 2012
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    Bang Pa In Summer Palace has a mostly european and chinese flair, the only thai ispired structure here is the Divine Seat of Personal Freedom (Aisawan Thiphya-At), which is located in the middle of the lake and 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. You can take pictures and videos of it.

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    Administrative Building

    by machomikemd Written Nov 12, 2012
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    this is the Administrative Area of the Sprawling Bang Pa In Summer Palace Complex, it is the Reception area of the Palace for foreign guest and dignitaries and made into a british colonial architecture and the structure sits on the front of the huge lake in the summer palace. we took a lot of picture here and went around it in our rented golf cart.

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    Mini Buddhist Shrines

    by machomikemd Written Nov 12, 2012
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    views of the Ancient Guard post near the entrance of Bang Pa In Summer Palace. the guard post is a buddhist shrine where devotees put offering to the buddhist and chinese saints here at the bang pa in summer palace. It lies just in front of the Admininstrative Building, facing the Lake.

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    royal garden

    by machomikemd Written Nov 12, 2012
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    This is the view of the Royal Garden with plant carvings. of elephants and other animals inside the huge Bang Pa In Summer Palace Complex and is a favorite photo stop of tourists like us. it is located near the quarters of the king and near the large lake. The garden lies just across the Chinese Style Palace and overlooks the Sages lookout.

    me and my friends have wacky pictures in it hehehe.

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    The Large Man Made Lake

    by machomikemd Updated Nov 12, 2012
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    the Large Man Made Lake that straddles the Bang Pa In Summer Palace Complex actually comprises about a third of the property and surrounds the major structures located in the bang Pa In Summer Palace due to the thai custom of building their houses or palaces beside bodies of water since the ancient Siamese era. The man made lake has some vegetation like water lilies or lotus plants and some fishes but no one is allowed to swim as there are also crocodiles roaming the lake.

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    Museum Beside Warophat Phiman

    by machomikemd Written Nov 12, 2012
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    There is a mini Museum in the rotunda beside the Throne Hall of Warophat Phiman, just across the complex and beside the lake. the mini museum houses assorted royal carriages and other means of transport that the Thai Kings Use when having a vacation at the Bang Pa In Summer Palace. You can get inside before going to warophat phiman as entry is free and it there is air conditioning inside.

    opens: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm everyday

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    Exhibition Hall (Saphakhan Ratchaprayun)

    by machomikemd Written Nov 12, 2012
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    The exhibition hall sits across the lake from the Divine Seat of Personal Freedom (Aisawan Thiphya-At) and is parallel to the administrative buidling. there is a bridge connecting both to the main palace complex. The Exhibition hall is a colonial-style two-floor building originally built for the King's brothers. The building now houses a small museum covering the history of the palace, and makes a good first stop on a tour of the area and then take picture of the lake from the vantage point beside it.

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