Suan Pakkard Palace

Historical cluster of Thai houses

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What we say: 3.5 stars

Originally constructed in 1952 as the private home of their Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Chumbhot of Nagara Svarga, Suan Pakkard Palace opened to the public as a museum in 1987.

Comprised of several fine traditional wooden Thai houses, bristling with antiques, traditional furnishings, artwork and an intriguing collection of khon masks the property sits on what was once a cabbage patch. With this fact in mind the museum's name is charmingly apropos, Suan Pakkard translates as Cabbage Park.

Although set on busy Thanon Sri Ayutthaya the beautiful gardens offer a tranquil retreat from the busy Bangkok streets. While all of the museum's displays are fairly interesting, the gem of Suan Pakkard is the Lacquer Pavilion comprised of two late 17th century temples that have been moved from their original position between Ayutthaya and Bang Pa-In. The ornately gilded interior walls are enough to make a visit to Suan Pakkard worthwhile.

Just a short taxi ride from The Jim Thompson House the two make for a nice double-header. Free English tours are provided at the museum although walking around the grounds on your own is a fine option as well.

More details
Sri 352-4 Sri Ayutthaya Rd
Opening Hours: Daily 09:00-16:00
How to get there: The museum is a five-minute walk from the Phaya Thai BTS station.
Last updated: 16th February, 2012

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