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Vimanmek Mansion

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Said to be the largest teakwood building in the world, Vimanmek Mansion joins Ananta Samakhon Throne Hall as one of the two highlights found in Dusit (Celestial) Garden, which was established by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) at the turn of the 20th century.





Update: As of August 2017, Vimanmek Mansion is closed for renovation. No details have been provided as to when it will reopen.

First built under a different name for royal family getaways on Ko Si Chang, the mansion was dismantled and rebuilt at its current location after Rama V purchased a plot of orchards for a new set of palaces and halls. In 1906 the king moved up to Dusit from the Grand Palace and lived in Vimanmek straight until his death in 1910.

Well worth a look. Photo taken in or around Vimanmek Mansion, Bangkok, Thailand by Stuart McDonald.

Well worth a look. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Queen Indrasakdi Sachi stayed in the mansion for a few more years, but after the Thai coup of 1932 it fell into disrepair and was used only as storage space for several decades. In the 1980s, Queen Sirikit instigated a restoration and the mansion was reopened as a museum exhibiting artefacts collected by King Chulalongkorn, including Siam’s first indoor shower and the first typewriter with Thai letters. You’ll also find dining halls, offices and bedrooms featuring antique furniture used by the king and his family.

Sporting a broad red ceramic roof over slender windows and gingerbread-style woodcarvings, Vimanmek was famously constructed without the use of nails. It displays an undeniable Western influence but with the elegance of Siamese craftsmanship. While Thai royalty still use some rooms in the vast three-storey mansion, many more are open to ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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How to get there
The entrance to Vimanmek Mansion is off Ratchawithi Rd on the west side of the grounds, and city buses 5, 18, 56, 70, 72, 503 and 515 all pass within walking distance. Otherwise you could take a Chao Phraya river ferry (orange flag) to Thewet Pier and take a tuk tuk for around 100 baht.

Vimanmek Mansion
Ratchawithi Rd
Mo–Su: 10:00–16:00
http://www.vimanmek.com/
Admission: 150 baht

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