Photo: Seated Buddhas at a Wat in Ayutthaya.

Khun Phaen's Residence

Located adjacent to the elephant kraal off Pa Thon Road, this traditional Thai wood house was built in 1894 and served as the home of a former governor of Ayutthaya.

Photo of Khun Phaen's Residence

It's built on the former site of a prison and area where public executions took place long ago. Today the undertakers have been replaced by dogs seeking shade under the house's stilted floors, and curious tourists taking a quick peek inside.

The house is made entirely of golden teak, and the inside is built in traditional central Thai style -- a central common area with a large raised wooden platform surrounded by four smaller rooms on each side, which would have been bedrooms and a kitchen.

When we last visited, the house was dirty and seemed to have been neglected since the 2011 flood, its traditional furnishings MIA. Even so, the interior is lovely and cool -- probably a lot cooler than your guesthouse constructed following contemporary Thai architectural trends.

How to get there
The house is just past the TAT office on Si Sanphet Road.

Last updated on 27th November, 2014.

Khun Phaen's Residence
Si Sanphet Road
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