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Phra Ram Ratchaniwet (Ban Pun Palace)

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Phra Ram Ratchaniwet is a grandiose European-style palace built by order of King Rama V in the early 20th century.

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Better known locally as Ban Pun Palace, the extravagant building with wide arched windows and doors was loosely modeled after Kaiser Willhelm’s summer palace in Germany and designed by German architect, Karl Dohring. We wonder how Dohring felt about working in this distant corner of the globe as his country was embroiled in the First World War—and the fact that his employer, Siam, sided with the Allies rather than the Germans.

Strike a pose. Photo taken in or around Phra Ram Ratchaniwet (Ban Pun Palace), Phetchaburi, Thailand by David Luekens.

Strike a pose. Photo: David Luekens

Inside, glazed yellow tiles with protruding shell and fish designs adorn a rich marble-floored dining room. Smooth teak banisters line spiral staircases ascending a rotunda. Surreal porcelain statues of Caucasian babies are portrayed strumming harps next to porcelain monkeys. A central courtyard is thought to have hosted the first-ever badminton game in Siam/Thailand, and a regal statue of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) stands ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)


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