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Four years later the mansion was officially opened and the King adopted it as his permanent place of residence.
He lived there for five years before moving to Amporn Satern residence until his death in 1910. During the reign of King Rama VI, Her Majesty Indhara Saksal lived here until her husband's death, after which it remained unoccupied until 1982. It then reopened as a museum featuring King Rama V's collection of artefacts from around the world.
The mansion displays an undeniably Western influence, with much of the ornamentation and artefacts originating from Europe and North America. 31 of the mansion's 81 stunning rooms are open to the public. Inside are countless novel items including Thailand's first indoor shower and the first typewriter with Thai letters.
The L-shaped mansion is formed by two right-angled three storey wings and the octagonal four-storey residence of the King. Said to be the largest of its kind in the world, the mansion and was famously constructed without the use of nails. To view the mansion, tours are compulsory with English language tours given every half-hour. Appropriate temple attire is required with clothing available for rent if needed.
How to get there
To reach the mansion, buses 5, 18, 56, 70, 72, 503 and 515all pass within a reasonable walking distance.