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Vimanmek Palace

The Vimanmek Palace, also known as the Vimanmek Teak Mansion or Vimanmek Mansion, was built in 1900 by King Chulalongkorn the Great (Rama V), it was used as his royal palace for five years until the completion of Amphon Satharn Villa in 1906. Vimanmek Mansion was then closed down and members of the royal family moved back to the Grand Palace.

The palace is the world’s largest golden teakwood construction, removed from Ko Si Chang in Chonburi province and re-located within the Dusit Palace complex, next Dusit Zoo; nowadays, it is easily reachable from Khao San Road and the Grand Palace.

In 1982, Queen Sirikit asked permission of His Majesty King Rama IX to renovate Vimanmek Palace for use it as a museum to commemorate King Rama V and to serve as a showcase of the Thai national heritage. It offers a good glimpse into Royal life during the reign of Chulalongkorn in the late 19th century.

The mansion has 81 rooms, halls and antechambers, there are 31 exhibition rooms and some of them have been preserved to retain the atmosphere of the earlier era. The impressive architecture design features priceless works of art, antiques and paintings. The Abhisek Dusit Hall exhibits amazing collection of Thai handicrafts masterpieces created by rural people.

Visitors can see exhibitions of antique furniture, ancient cloth, glassware, porcelain, HM King Bhumibol's photographs, royal carriages and memorabilia from the late King’s reign.

Traditional Thai dancing demonstrations are given daily at 10:30 and 14:00.

Contact information:

Telephone: 0 2628 6300-9

Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace
Jim Thompson's House
National Museum
Wat Pho
Wat Arun
Vimanmek Palace
Chatuchak Weekend Market
The Suan Pakkad Palace Museum
Wat Benchamabophit

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