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Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park

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Built under King Rama IV in the mid-19th century, the royal palace, temple, chedis, museum and cobblestone footpaths included in Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park sit atop a wide 95-metre hill known locally as Khao Wang (“Palace Mountain”), and while a tiring trip up here also rewards you with tremendous views, do beware of the brazen monkeys.

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King Mongkut (Rama IV) used the breezy palace as a place to relax, study and stargaze. He was passionate about academic and spiritual studies, spending decades as a Buddhist monk before ascending the throne, and the palace’s isolated setting and broad layout perhaps hint at his fondness for seclusion. King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) used the palace through the turn of the century, but after his death it fell into disrepair before being restored some decades later.

The palace area with the observatory to the right. Photo taken in or around Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park, Phetchaburi, Thailand by David Luekens.

The palace area with the observatory to the right. Photo: David Luekens

Three areas of interest crown a trio of hilltops, collectively displaying elements of Chinese, European, Thai, Khmer and Sri Lankan architecture and artistry. In between you’ll find minor structures and circular fortresses where the palace guards would have kept watch. Nowadays these make for handy places to rest with a breeze ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)

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