Vimanmek Mansion, Bangkok

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Rajavithi Road, Dusit 66 2 628 6300 ext 5120

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    A Palace Made Completely Out of Teak

    by DarkRay Updated Jun 14, 2007

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    Vimanmek Palace, the world's largest golden teakwood mansion, was constructed by the royal command of King Rama V (1868-1910) upon his return from Europe in 1897. Thus, the interior decor and furnishing of the palace have a very strong European motif.

    The building itself was originally his Summer Palace, the Munthaturaltanaroj Residence of the Chuthathujrachathan at Koh Sri Chang, Chonburi. It was dismantled and rebuilt in the Dusit Garden under the supervision of Prince Narissaranuwaddhiwongse. The massive reconstruction project was completed on 27th March 1901.

    Since then, the mansion has been renovated several times but subsequently, it fell into disuse and was practically forgotten until in 1982, when Queen Sirikit learnt about it and asked for the permission of King Rama IX to renovate the mansion into a museum that reflects the Thai heritage from the dramatic reign of King Rama V.

    The museum is open from 0830-1630 daily (ticketing stops at 1530 though), including weekends and public holidays. The admission rate is 100 baht and proper attiring must be observed. Thus, do refrain from wearing sandals, sleeveless shirts and shorts (bottoms must at least extend to knee). Suitable attires (sarongs, shirts and pants) are available for rental if required.

    You will need to join their complimentary guided tour as you are not allowed to wander within the mansion freely. No indoor photography is allowed as well and you will be required to store your photographic equipments into lockers first (20 baht per locker). Before stepping into the mansion, you will also be requested to take off your shoes and store them at the provided racks just before the commencement of the tour.

    Overall, the tour was quite enlightening. However, I do find the Ananta Samakorn Throne Hall more interesting even though there's less to see there. I guess I like the majesty of the latter more.

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    Biggest teakwood mansion in the world

    by zazatann Written Apr 23, 2006

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    Wiman Mek Mansion including the Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall is located behind the National Assembly. Here, visitors can view such beautiful handicrafts as niellowares, Thai silk with vatious unique designs and Liphao basketry like beautiful trys and handbags studded with jewels in different designs such as green beetles.

    The compound is open daily from 08.30 – 16.30 hours and admission fee for each person is 50 Baht. Free guide tour is available.

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  • A wonderful Palace, near Dusit

    by volopolo Updated Jul 29, 2014

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    Vinanmek Mansion

    World's Largest Golden Teakwood Mansion. Located in the north part of Bangkok.


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    Name: Vinanmek Palace
    Theme: Architecture, Museum, Garden
    Close to: Dusit Zoo, Wat Benchamambovit
    Location: Near Dusit
    City: Bangkok
    Pictures in the web: Palaces in Bangkok
    Photos: Take great photos of Thai style houses.
    Last Visit: September 2007


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    Second photo: The main Building in Vinanmek Palace
    Thirth photo: Vinanmek Palace
    Forth photo: Vinanmek Palace and the garden
    Fifth photo: Thai style houses in Vinanmek

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    Vimanmek Teak Mansion

    by SirRichard Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This huge Royal Palace located in the north part of BKK, near the Dusit Zoo, includes several pavillions in traditional Thai architecture and beautiful gardens.
    I had the intention to visit it, but whe I finally arrived there (walking from Khao San Road, more than 30 minutes) I was tired and there 4 buses of tourists arriving, so I just took a pic from the gate, turned around, hailed a tuktuk and visited instead the "Lettuce farm Palace" a smaller and (for me) nicest Royal Residence, much more relaxed than this huge complex.

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    Thai Dance in The Mansion

    by ahcoln Written Oct 27, 2004

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    I know the entrance to this mansion is free (if you have visited the Grand Palace), but don't waste it! The architecture might not comparably amazing as Grand Palace, no such "wow" & "wah", but there are something missing from the Grand Palace which you can find it here, the traditional Thai Dance. I personally enjoy it very much.

    If you are continue your journey right after the grand palace, you should able to get to the mansion with a tuk-tuk in cost less than 50 baht. If you also like animals, zoo is just few minutes walking distance from the mansion.

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    Largest teak mansion in the world

    by trisanna Written Apr 20, 2005

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    This largest teak mansion is built supposedly without the support of nails. The 81 room mansion (really a palace) was built for Rama V or Chulalongkorn to house his wife, children and concubines. The victorian building is located in Dusit Park-which seems so far away from the bustle of Bangkok. In the afternoon, they have some thai dance here. The mansion was opened to the public in 1981 by the order of Queen Sirikit. The building did sustain some bomb damage during WWII there is some evidence of this on the tour.

    Admission to this attraction is included in your ticket to Wat Phra Kaew. You don't have to use the ticket the same day as you bought it. It's good for a few days.

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    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jan 18, 2009

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    Vinanmek Mansion, also known as the Teak Palace was an attempt by the king to build a palace mixing the Thai and European styles. It is a fantastic place. The main palace has around 60 rooms and there are at least a half dozen elaborate guest houses surrounding the mansion. At every 2 PM, Thai cultural shows are being held there.

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    Vimanmek Mansions

    by aukjejetty Updated May 1, 2003

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    The Great Golden Teak Palace/ Vimanmek Mansions is world's largest building built entirely out of teak. At this place they perform traditional dances. In Thai and some other South Asian dances the girls can bend their fingers back, and that makes them look even more graceful than they already are.

    Near the entrance to Vimanmek Palace is the Royal Carriage Museum where 13 royal horse - drawn carriages one used during the reign of King Rama V are collected.

    Both are worth checking out.

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    Vimanmek Palace

    by Rodan44 Written Dec 2, 2004

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    Vimanmek Palace was originally built in 1868 on Si Chang Island where it was known as the Mantatrattanarojana Palace. Prince Naris disassembled the palace and reassembled it at the present site within the Suan Dusit palace grounds. It then became the royal residence of H.M. King Chulalongkorn, known as King Rama V, from 1901 to 1906. Following the death of King Chulalongkorn in 1910, Vimanmek remained empty until 1982 when it was opened to the public as a national museum.

    The mansion is built in a Victorian colonial design and made entirely of teak wood. In fact, it is the largest golden teak wood building in the world. This enormous "L" shaped structure contains some 81 rooms, with 30 or so open to the public. On display are many objects of fine art and various other items of personal significance to the royal family, as well as many original photographs of the royal family.

    In a small pavillion on the side of the mansion, traditional Thai dances are held twice daily for visitors. The dances are free to watch, but you must pay a small fee to use a camera. No photographs are allowed inside the mansion itself.

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    Vimanmek Mansion

    by limledi Updated Jan 16, 2009

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    Vimanmek Mansion "The Palace in the Clouds" is pieced together from golden teak without a single nail & houses a fine antique collection. The whole compound is huge. Allocate half day for this place. You will be provided a complimentary ticket from Grand Palace. Opens daily 8:30am-4:30pm.

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    Biggest Teak House in the World

    by voodo0 Written Jan 29, 2008

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    Vinmamek Royal Mansion.Located on Ratchawithi Road behind the National Assembly, Vimanmek Royal Mansion is the world's largest building made entirely of golden teak. Removed from Ko Sichang in Chonburi province, it was rebuilt in the Dusit Palace in 1900 by the command of King Rama V. It was recently renovated by HM Queen Sirikit, and made into a museum paying homage to the late King.

    As well as antique furniture, there's glassware, porcelain, old photographs and memorabilia from the late King's reign (1868 - 1910). Many rooms currently maintain the atmosphere of the past. A guided tour is provided to visitors. Most of the building in the same compound are now used as museums. The outstanding one is Abhisek Dusit Hall, which exhibits HM Queen Sirikit's collection of handicraft masterpieces created by rural people. The other displays of various items and art objects including HM King Bhumibol's photography, paraphernalia of rank and portraits, ancient cloth, clocks, and royal carriages. Parts of Vimanmek are still used for various state
    functions and receptions for visiting royalty when the buildings are closed to the public.

    Admission to the Vimanmek Mansion museum is 100B, which entitles you to enter every building and gallery. We're not allow to explore the Teak house on our own. There will be a English guide bringing you around... explaining to u all the history and antique that they have.

    No shorts or sleeveless shirts and skirts must be at least knee-length or you won't be allowed in.No pic were taken as we're not allow to bring camera or even camera phone in. But I still see some Mat Salleh taking pictures in the garden... I wonder how they smuggled their camera in. Hmmm....

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    The teak mansion

    by malangi Updated May 4, 2006

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    your entrance coupon to vimanmek mansion is free once you buy the coupon of the grand palance. the teak mansion is a must see tourist spot..the whole mansion is made of teak wood so you have to remove your shoes upon entering. The mansion houses all the memorabilia given to all kings, queens and royal families of Thailand from different countries. There's a guided tour everyday and cultural shows in the afternoon. There's also a souvenir shop at the groundfloor of the museum.

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    More than just teak mansion

    by travelpug Updated Nov 21, 2007

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    Vinmanmek Teak Mansion is the star attraction in this compound. It is the largest golden teak building in the world constructed in the 1900's. It was restored in 1982 and opened to the public as a museum. What a privilege to be able to visit this wonderful teak building. Entrance ticket is 100Baht, and includes a compulsory guided tour. Please dress properly as this is a palace. No shorts and no sleeveless shirts. However, sarongs are available on loan for free for those who don't know about the dress code (like myself). Items on display in the teak mansions are precious gifts from royalties from around the world.

    However, I kind of curious that why would King Rama V live in a teak building instead of a brick one? That puzzles me.

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    Vimanmek Mansion

    by pmarshuk Written Jul 12, 2004

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    Located in the Dusit area is the Vimanmek Mansion, regraded as the largest teak built building in the world. It is the former home of King Rama V built around 1900 and restored in the 1980's and is basically a memorial to his life.
    No photography is alllowed inside the main building and you have to remove your shoes for the tour.
    One of the highlights of my visit here was watching the traditional Thai dancing on the stage at the back of the mansion. performances are at 10:30 and 14:00.

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    The world's largest Teak Mansion

    by Snipernurse Updated Jul 1, 2008

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    Yes it's true, Bangkok has the world's largest Teak Mansion. Now I know what you're thinking. #1 "What the hell is Teak?" #2 "Ok, and....?". Here are my answers to you, which I learned while at the Teak Mansion. Teak was a very valuable type of wood for the Thai people, and rich people would build their whole houses with it, now it is illegal to cut down trees in Thailand, so occassionaly wealthy will import Teak to build there house with it. In days of old people in Thailand would build traditional houses using teak and without the assistance of any nail or bolt. So with that background info here are my recommendations for this site:

    #1 - Go into this knowing that it's really not terribly interesting unless you love antiques (which decorate the house) or teak. If you are a teak fanatic I may wonder about how this came about, but antiques I can understand, and the house is full of them

    #2 - Photography is not allowed. You must lock all you possessions in a locker prior to entering and may not wear shoes.

    #3 - You are supposed to go with a guide. Which means you have to learn about every room and chair and candlestick in the place, which can take an hour and prove to be infinately boring. Sometimes you have to wait for 20-30 minutes for a guide who speaks your langauge, forcing you to wait outside in the sun, when all you want to do is move on to another attraction in Bangkok.

    #4 - If you are clever enough you can sneak into the house and go on your own. This makes the house exciting because not only are you in the biggest Teak mansion in the world, you have to duck away from guards and security and so forth. In actuality, sneaking off on your own may be your only thrill provided by the mansion! You may get an additional kick out of catching up to a group from Japan or Thailand and be the only 6 foot tall plus white guys in the group. Just act like you belong and hang out and see the looks on their faces. Good times

    #5 - In reality, Teak Mansion, for me, did not exactly put the air in my sail. I could have gone without it and instead have seen a different sight. However maybe I will be able to use the "Oh yeah well I've been to the worlds biggest Teakwood Mansion" one day as bragging rights

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