"Ayutthaya Royal Grand Palace" Ayuthaya Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld

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The original Grand Palace was located on the site of Wat Phra Si Sanphet. King Boromtrailokanath (r. 1448-1488) moved the palace east in 1448 and transformed this area into a Buddhist compound (he also shifted the capital from Ayutthaya to Phitsanulok for a while as he became a monk). During the Ayutthaya era a total of three palaces were constructed. This main royal palace was referred to as Wang Luang. The Wang Na (Front Palace) was built at the site of the Chan Kasem Museum for the second to the throne. The Wang Lang (Rear Palace) was established on the western side of the island near Chedi Suriyothai.

It is assumed that a lot of the Grand Palace constructions were made from wood. The Burmese burned this area down in 1767 and transported melted down precious metals back to Burma to make the Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon.

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  • Written Oct 25, 2009
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