We went here because it is included on the Grand Palace ticket.
Vimanmek Palace dates from the 19th century. Vimanmek Mansion, the main building in the palace compound, was built for King Rama V. It was completed in 1901 and King Rama V lived here until 1906. The mansion has 81 rooms, halls and ante-chambers. From 1906 to 1925 Vimanmek Palace was empty and unoccupied. From 1925 King Rama VI's wife, HRH Indharasaksaji lived here. She stayed there until his death. In 1982 HRH Queen Sirikit re-opened the palace as a museum to commemorate King Rama V.
Traditional Thai dancing performances are carried out here.
Location: Ratchawithi Road, Dusit District, Bangkok
How to get there : taking the bus Routes no. 12, 18, 28,56,70, 108, 515 and get off on Ratchawithi Road. or Ratchasima Road
Opening Hours : Open everyday from 9.30 am. to 3.30 pm. ( close on Public Hoildays)
Admission Fee : Baht 100. *If you have visited The Grand Palace you will have also received an entrance ticket to Vimanmek Palace which is valid.
Contact : Tel. 0 2628 6300-9
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.
World's Largest Golden Teakwood Mansion. Located in the north part of Bangkok.
Name: Vinanmek Palace
Theme: Architecture, Museum, Garden
Close to: Dusit Zoo, Wat Benchamambovit
Location: Near Dusit
Pictures in the web: Palaces in Bangkok
Photos: Take great photos of Thai style houses.
Last Visit: September 2007
First Photo: Thai style houses
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
Vimanmek Teak Mansion was built in 1900 by His Majesty King Rama V by having the Munthatu Rattanaroj Residence in Chuthathuj Rachathan at Ko Sichang, Chonburi, dismantled and reassembled in Dusit Garden. The celebration for the completion of the Vimanmek Mansion was held on March 27, 1901. It was used as a royal palace by King Rama V for five years until the completion of Amphorn Satharn Villa in 1906. In 1932, it was used only as a storage place of the Bureau of the Royal Household.
In 1982 Her Majesty Queen Sirikit asked permission of His Majesty King Rama IX to renovate Vimanmek Mansion for use as a museum to commemorate King Rama V by displaying his photographs, personal art and handicrafts, and to serve as a showcase of Thai national heritage.
Open: 9.30am-4pm. Admission: 100B but is free with Grand Palace ticket.
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.
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.
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
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....
One can easily spend at least half a day in the compound of this musuem. Other than the teak mansion, there are smaller buildings that are turned into museums. Visitors can appreciate the beauty of Thai silk, learn about Banchiang pottery that was from pre-historic period, enjoy the traditional dance (at 10:30 & 14:00 daily), and look at the paintings of King Bumiphol (the present King).
It gets hot in the compound. So, drink plenty of water or wear a hat. I found that the best way to avoid heat is to go into the smaller museum buildings. You can stay cool inside and you can learn a thing or two about Thailand's rich arts and culture.
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.
For 250 Baht, you can visit the Grand Palace, Wat Po and Vimanmek Teak Mansion. Vimanmek Teak Mansion is touted to be the largest teak mansion in the world. It has 3 floors and showcases pictures of kings, pieces of furniture, crystals, valuable gifts from all over the world, copper bathtub (imported from England and the 1st in Thailand!)
Hourly guided tours is mandatory for all visitors and last guided tour, in English, is at 3 pm.
You have to leave all your belongings in a coin-operated locker room (30 Baht). No camera was allowed inside.
Lovely 19th century palace constructed, as indicated by the name, in golden teak. It's the world's largest and is, incredibly, built entirely without nails. It was moved to the current site in 1901: having been orginally built on the island of Ko Sichang. Rama V is responsible for the move and the lay-out of Dusit Park as a result of being the first Thai king to visit Europe - its genteel architecture and formal gardens bear testimony to the influence of his visit.
Apart from the King, the palace was for women only. It was the first building in Thailand to have electricty and an indoor bathroom.
Guided tours only, but this serene spot is a a beauty. Full of artifacts, it's an interesting introduction to the cross between Thai and Europe.
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.
This is the largest golden teak house. The summer residence of the Royalty.You can have a guided tour and enjoy the 81 rooms with furnitures, royal photograps, porcelains and many Thai alphabet type writers.
Former palace of the Kings father also has the stables of the white elephant’s (Can’t see the Elephants). The palace is quite beautiful and you can go on a tour through the residence. Also shows where a bomb landed on top on the palace in WWII. Went through the roof and landed on the wooden floor but did not go off. Can see the scorch marks on the floorboards. The gardens are also worth seeing as they are immaculate.
If you go to the Grand Palace part of your admission include entry to Vemanek Palace but you will need to get a taxi there. A short drive from the main part of the city.