BANGKOK THAILAND: AYUTTHAYA: BANG PA IN SUMMER PALACE

On our second day in Bangkok, we went to Ayutthaya. It is the former capital of Thailand, just like Xian of China, Kyoto of Japan and Cebu of the Philippines. It is 1.5-2 hours drive from Bangkok. Quite near eh?? 🙂

Beautiful landscape of Bang Pa In Palace
Beautiful landscape of Bang Pa In Palace

Honestly, I’m a history buff however, my history “buffness If there’s such a word” is only limited to palaces, emperors, empresses, kings and queens, prince and princess. period. no more than that. I’m interested with anything to do with royalties, palaces and their grand way of life— As a matter of fact, I wished to be a princess! haha!  My Addiction regarding royalties pushed me to go to this place to explore (and imagine) the life of being a Thai Royalty during the past ages.

Well, to tell you, Thailand has still their King and Queens, so, it became the first country that I visited having a royal family. And to tell you the truth, I was quite envious! ha!

The only thing akin to China’s Forbidden City in Ayutthaya (what I mean here is a complex in which everything is still intact; not yet in ruins) is the Bang Pa In Summer Palace. Just like the Summer Palace in Beijing, it is used as a vacation place for Thai Royal Families about 400 years ago…

“It  is a palace complex formerly used by the Thai kings as a summer dwelling. King Prasat Thong originally constructed the complex in 1632, and though it lay empty and overgrown throughout the late 18th and early 19th century, King Mongkut began to restore the site. Most of the present buildings were constructed between 1872 and 1889 by King Chulalongkorn” — according to our tour guide

What I liked here is the moat with a pagoda and a bridge, and also there are carps or mudfish (I’m not sure what kind of fish is in that water) You can feed them by buying a piece of bread.

The bang pa in architecture, a thai looking architecture in the middle of a moat and at a back is a western looking architecture
The bang pa in architecture, a thai looking architecture in the middle of a moat and at a back is a western looking architecture
fishes living in the moat
fishes living in the moat

Here you’ll find buildings with different styles and concepts. In Bang Pa In Palace they incorporate  European, Chinese and even Khmer in their architecture.  This made me think that Thai royalties are quite open to get styles and influence from other countries. However, aside from the buildings, beautiful and well-kept gardens awaits you in Bang Pa In Palace:

Cute Landscaping in Bang Pa In Palace. Elephants are believed to bring good luck in Thailand.
Cute Landscaping in Bang Pa In Palace. Elephants are believed to bring good luck in Thailand.
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With my sis-in-law, mom, and nephew, at their back is the building with a Chinese architecture. Beautiful isn’t it?
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Inside the building with Chinese architecture. You will also find that inside is also very Chinese (complete with red pillars and all).
the handpainted tiles in the Chinese looking architecture inside the palace
the handpainted tiles in the Chinese looking architecture inside the palace
Bang Pa In Summer Palace, Thailand
Western Looking Pagoda
Bang Pa In Summer Palace, Thailand
Another beautiful pagoda amidst beautiful landscape

TIPS:

1. Wear comfortable clothing. Wear sleeved and below the knees clothing. Leggings are not allowed or else you’ll dress like my sister-in-law in the pictures above. A polo and a skirt will be rented to you or else you can’t enter the palace.

2. Bring water, since there are few vendors in the area.

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