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Bang Pa In Summer Palace

Bang Pa In Summer Palace

Address:
Ayutthaya District
Directions:
Bang Pa-In Island is located 40 kilometers from the city island of Ayutthaya. To access Bang Pa-In from Ayutthaya, one can go by Phahonyothin Road and make a right turn at km. 35 for 7 kilometers to the Bang Pa-In Palace. minibus connect to Bang Pa-In from the central BKS station, a 40-minute journey from Ayutthaya.
Opening Hours:
Daily from 8 am - 4 pm
Phone:
+66 35 261 044
Admission Fee:
100 Thb.
Website:
None
 

Information: Bang Pa-In is famous for its royal palace which attracts many tourists. Originally, there was a riverine island. When King Prasat Thong became the Ayutthaya's king (1630-1655), he had the chumphon Nikayaram Temple built on his family estate. Later, he had a palace built in the middle of the island where he could periodically reside.

The palace, surrrounded by a lake 400 meters long and 40 meters wide, and the Chumphon Nikayaram Temple are all that remain of King Prasat Thong's construction work at Bang Pa-In Palace was used as country residene by every Ayutthaya monarch after King Prasat Thong. But when the new capital was extablished in Bangkok, Bang Pa-In Palace Was deserted for 80 years.

It was only during King Rama IV's reign (1851-1868) that Bang Pa-In Palace was again visited by kings. King Rama IV stayed there and had a house built in the old palace compound. His son, King Rama V (1868-1910) liked the place, stayed there every year and constructed the royal palace as it is seen.

 

Khun Phaen House

Khun Phaen House

Address:
Ayutthaya
Directions:
Located near Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit.
Opening Hours:
Daily from 9 am - 5 pm
Phone:
Unknown
Admission Fee:
Unknown
Website:
None
 

 

Information: Khun Phaen House is built on an artificial island where a prison once stood. The traditional Thai house, one of the very few remaining, was constructed in 1940 from material salvaged from other old dwellings.

 

Royal Elephant Kraal

Royal Elephant Kraal

Address:
Amphoe Phra Nakhon Si. Ayutthaya
Directions:
Located in Tambon Suan Phrik, Amphoe Phra Nakhon Si. Ayutthaya.
Opening Hours:
Daily
Phone:
Unknown
Admission Fee:
None
Website:
None
 

 

Information: The elephant kraal of Ayutthaya is the only one left in Thailand. Located to the north of the Ayutthaya island, this kraal dates back to the 16th century, when King Maha Thammaracha (1569-1590) moved it here. That was the time when elephants were not only caught and trained for work, but also for a strong army. However, the last roundup of wild elephants in Thailand happened a long time ago, back in 1903. Nevertheless the elephant kraal is preserved for posterity, to showcase to visitors how it was like a long time ago.   

The pavilion, utilized as the royal seat to witness the elephant roundup, is located in Tambon Suan Phrik, Amphoe Phra Nakhon Si. Ayutthaya. Its appearance is that of a big cage surrounded by logs having, from the front center, fencing lines of 45 degrees spread out to both sides far away into the jungle area. Around the kraal itself is an easthern wall with bricks to the height of the top of the logs. Behind the kraal and opposite the front fencing line is the pavilion housing the royal seat. The kraal currently seen was renovated in 1988 by the government.

 

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