"Vimanmek Teak Mansion" Vimanmek Mansion Tip by leffe3

Vimanmek Mansion, Bangkok: 31 reviews and 42 photos


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.

Address: Chitlada Palace Grounds
Directions: Behind Bangkok's National Assembly.
Phone: +66 2 628 6300 ext. 5120
Website: http://www.palaces.thai.net/index_vm.htm

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 8, 2007
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