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Reviewed February 5, 2011

First, I want to clarify that this review includes all of the attractions located in Bang Pa-in. This is a large complex with beautiful grounds and several different buildings. However, there is only one ticket which you can buy (it is not separated out into the individual buildings/attractions).

This complex is quite beautiful and very serene, extremely picturesque. It is immaculately kept, and quite nice to visit. There are several different places which you can visit here. Some of them you cannot enter and/or walk through the entire part, but there are windows in certain places which you can look through. When we went, it was not overly crowded and made for a nice stop on our trip to Ayutthaya. The Bang pa-in complex is not that old in relation to many of the other sites in the area; most of the buildings located there were built in the late 1800s.

One thing to note: As a female, your legs and shoulders must be appropriately covered. They have skirts for rent at the entrance. You pay a 100 baht deposit which is returned to you when you return the skirt.

Date of experience: December 2010
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Reviewed December 23, 2009

We visited the Bang Pa-in Palace while on a Bike Tour through Ayutthaya with Spice Roads. After a long day of biking and seeing temples, this was a nice reprieve on a beautiful afternoon. Built initially in the early 17th century, but reconstructed to it's present state primarily between 1872 and 1889 by King Chulalongkorn, the Palace consists of an Outer Palace with four principal buildings for public and ceremonial uses, and an Inner Palace with five principal buildings, reserved for the King and his immediate family, all set on a beautiful waterway with bridges, sculpted gardens, coy ponds, huge turtles, and just pure peace and serenity.

The Inner Palace is separated from the Outer Palace by a covered bridge with a louvered wall from which the court ladies could look out without being seen themselves. The bridge connects the Varobhas Bimarn Mansion with the Devaraj-Kunlai Gate, which is the principal entrance to the Inner Palace. Within the Inner Palace, there are residential buildings, pavilions and gazebos laid out in a garden setting.

The Outer Palace consists of the Golden Palace of the God King (a Cambodian-style monument), the Assembly Hall for Royal Relatives (home of the permanent exhibition, built for the King's brothers to reside in), the Divine Seat of Personal Freedom (a Thai-style Pavilion in the middle of the pond) and the Excellent and Shining Heavenly Abode (the King's residence and throne hall).

The Inner Palace includes the Uthayan Phumisathian Residential Hall (Garden of the Secured Land), which is a two-story Swiss chalet painted in two tones of green and was King Chulalongkorn's favorite residence when he stayed at Bang Pa-In. Ho Withun Thasana (The Sages Lookout) was built as a lookout tower and still today it is a tall spire you can climb up in for nice views. Phra Thinang Wehart Chamrun (The Royal Residence of Heavenly Light) is a beautiful two-story Chinese mansion built by the Chinese and presented to King Chulalongkorn in 1889 as a gift. It is quite the gift, priceless. Phra Tamnak Fai Nai (the Royal Residence of the Inside) were various Western-style buildings built for the Ladies of the court, and only a few remain today. There is also a marble Memorial to Queen Sunandakumariratana who drowned when her boat sank on the way to the palace in 1880, and another to Princess Saovabhark Nariratana and Three Royal Children, who all died in 1887.

These beautiful structures encompass many different architectural styles from Western to Chinese to Thai, and are spread through the very large grounds. There are golf carts to take you around if you like, but I think a stroll on a nice day is the way to go. You can stop and feed the fish and turtles, go inside the various buildings and see beautiful furniture, paintings, and architecture, or just sit on a bench and soak it all up. If you are in Ayutthaya, Bang Pa-In is a nice side trip, not far at all, and something different than the many ruins of the area. I recommend to go to it at the end of a day of exploring and just relax.

The palace is open from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM every day, including weekends and holidays. Admission is 100 Baht for foreigners.

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