List of Thai royal residences

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Royal residences of the Chakri Dynasty in Thailand include the Grand Palace, nineteen royal palaces (Thai: พระราชวัง, RTGS: phra ratcha wang; official residences of the king and uparaja stipulated as such by royal decree) and other palaces (วัง, wang) used by the king or other members of the royal family. The Bureau of the Royal Household administers and manages several current royal palaces. Historical palaces from earlier periods exist mainly in the ruins of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai. This page lists current and former royal residences, arranged by type of residence.


Current royal residences[edit]

Vimanmek Mansion in Dusit Palace
Grand Palace 
Bangkok – The primary and official residence of the king and headquarters of the royal household

Royal palaces[edit]

Bang Pa-in Palace 
Ayutthaya (17th century, rebuilt 1872–89) – Occasional country residence of the king; generally open to the public.
Dusit Palace 
Bangkok (1897–1901) – Commissioned by King Chulalongkorn as an alternative primary residence to the Grand Palace. Apart from Chitralada Villa, now serves mainly as a museum and in certain state functions.

Palaces[edit]

Klai Kangwon Palace 
Prachuap Khiri Khan (1926) – Commissioned by King Prajadhipok; currently serves as the primary summer residence for King Bumibhol Adulyadej.
Bhubing Palace 
Chiang Mai (1962) – Winter residence of the king; open to the public when the royal family is not in residence.
Thaksin Ratchaniwet Palace 
Narathiwat (1972) – Southern country residence of the king
Phu Phan Palace 
Sakon Nakhon (1975) – Northeastern country residence of the king
Sukhothai Palace 
Bangkok (1918) – Currently the residence of Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn
Sa Pathum Palace 
Bangkok – Currently the residence of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
Chakri Bongkot Palace 
Pathum Thani – Residence of Princess Chulabhorn Walailak
Doi Tung Palace 
Chiang Rai (1987) – Former residence of the late Princess Mother Srinagarindra
Le Dix Palace 
Bangkok (1980) – Former residence of the late Princess Galyani Vadhana

Former royal residences of the Rattanakosin period[edit]

Royal palaces[edit]

Phutthaisawan Hall of the former Front Palace
Front Palace (Phra Ratchawang Bowon Sathan Mongkhon) 
Bangkok (1782–85) – Residence of the holder of the same title, who was also known as the uparaja or "vice king". Its grounds are now the site of the Bangkok National Museum, Thammasat University, Bunditpatanasilpa Institute, the National Theatre and the Office of the Council of State.
Rear Palace (Phra Ratchawang Bowon Sathan Phimuk) 
Bangkok (built in the reign of King Rama I) – Residence of the "Rear Palace" or second vice king. It is now the site of Siriraj Hospital.
Nantha Utthayan Palace 
Bangkok – Built in the reign of King Mongkut, its location is now occupied by the Royal Thai Navy.
Pathum Wan Palace (later known as Phetchabun Palace) 
Bangkok – Built in the reign of King Mongkut as a country residence; later given to Prince Chudadhuj Dharadilok. Its location is now the site of CentralWorld.
Saranrom Palace 
Bangkok (construction began 1866) – Served as temporary residence for some princes and as lodging for royal guests. It is now the site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Saranrom Park.
Samut Prakan Palace 
Samut Prakan (built in the reign of King Mongkut) – Was located opposite to Samut Prakan Station of the Paknam Railway; now demolished.
Chan Kasem Royal Palace 
Ayutthaya (16th century) – The front palace of Ayutthaya, destroyed and abandoned following the Fall of Ayutthaya. Rebuilt and served as country residence for King Mongkut's travels to Ayutthaya; superseded by Bang Pa-in Palace and is now the site of Chan Kasem National Museum.
Thak Phikun Palace 
Saraburi (17th century, rebuilt in the reign of King Mongkut) – Served as residence during royal pilgrimages to the Buddha footprint at Phra Phutthabat. Now abandoned.
Phra Nakhon Khiri Palace 
Phetchaburi (1859) – Served as country residence during the reigns of Kings Mongkut and Chulalongkorn; now the Phra Nakhon Khiri historical park.
Si Tha Palace 
Saraburi (built in the reign of King Mongkut) – Royal residence of Pinklao, the second king; now abandoned.
Phaya Thai Palace 
Bangkok (1909) – Served as country residence of King Chulalongkorn and Queen Saovabha Phongsri, and later King Vajiravudh. Converted to a hotel, then a hospital; now within the grounds of Phramongkutklao Hospital and College of Medicine.
Sanam Chandra Palace 
Nakhon Pathom (1902–11) – Country residence of King Vajiravudh. Later became a campus of Silpakorn University; now a museum.
Sichang Palace (Phra Chuthathut Ratchathan) 
Chonburi – Served as a summer residence during the reign of King Chulalongkorn; now a research centre and museum of Chulalongkorn University.
Royal palace at Khao Sattanat 
Ratchaburi (1870) – Served as a country residence for King Chulalongkorn; now the site of Wat Khao Wang, a Buddhist temple.
Royal palace on Mae Klong River 
Ratchaburi – Commissioned by King Chulalongkorn but converted to a barracks (and later a police station) before completion.
Rattanarangsan Palace 
Ranong (1890) – Built for King Chulalongkorn by Khaw Su Jiang, a local noble merchant; now the site of the town hall and a museum commemorating the palace.
Ban Puen Palace (Phra Ram Ratchaniwet)
Phetchaburi (1910) – Commissioned by King Chulalongkorn as a country residence; now a museum operated by the Royal Thai Army.

Palaces[edit]

Tha Phra Palace 
Bangkok (1782) – Served as the residence of Prince Chetsadabodin (Rama III) and Prince Narisara Nuvadtivongs, among others; now the main campus of Silpakorn University.
Burapha Phirom Palace 
Bangkok – Rebuilt in 1875 to serve as the residence of Prince Bhanurangsi Savangwongse, the palace has since been demolished, and its former grounds are now a commercial area known as Wang Burapha.
Dara Phirom Palace 
Chiang Mai – Residence of Princess Dara Rasmi after the death of King Chulalongkorn; now a museum managed by Chulalongkorn University
Windsor Palace 
Bangkok – Built in the reign of King Chulalongkorn to serve as the residence of Crown Prince Vajirunhis. The palace became part of Chulalongkorn University after the prince's death; its former location is now the site of the National Stadium.
Bang Khun Phrom Palace 
Bangkok (1899) – Former residence of Prince Paribatra Sukhumbandh; now a museum of the Bank of Thailand
Suan Sunandha Palace (Sunandha Garden) 
Bangkok – Formerly part of Dusit Palace; now the campus of Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University
Paruskwan Palace 
Bangkok (1904–05) – Former residence of Prince Chakrabongse Bhuvanath; now the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Bureau and the National Intelligence Agency
Ladawan Palace 
Bangkok (1906) – Former residence of Prince Yugala Dighambara; now the site of the Crown Property Bureau
Thewet Palace 
Bangkok – Residence of Prince Kitiyakara Voralaksana and his descendants
Chakrabongse Palace 
Bangkok (1909–1910) – former residence of Prince Chakrabongse Bhuvanath; now the site of Chakrabongse Villas, a private resort, and the headquarters of Green World Foundation and River Books
Chan Kasem Palace 
Bangkok (1909–11) – Built as the residence of then-Crown Prince Vajiravudh, the prince succeeded his father before the palace's completion. It is now the site of the Ministry of Education.
Varadis Palace 
Bangkok (1911) – Former residence of Prince Damrong Rajanubhab; now a museum
Thewawet Palace 
Bangkok (1914) – Former residence of Prince Devawongse Varopakarn; now a museum of the Bank of Thailand
Mrigadayavan Palace 
Phetchaburi (1923–24) – Summer residence of King Vajiravudh; Now owned by the Royal Thai Army and open to the public.
Suan Pakkad Palace 
Bangkok (1952) – Former residence of Prince Chumbhotbongs Paribatra; now a museum

Historical (pre-Rattanakosin) royal palaces[edit]

Royal palace of Sukhothai (13th – 15th centuries) 
Sukhothai – Now part of Sukhothai Historical Park
Royal palace of Ayutthaya (14th – 18th centuries) 
Ayutthaya – Now part of Ayutthaya Historical Park
Chan Palace 
Phitsanulok (15th century)
King Narai's Palace (Phra Narai Ratchaniwet) 
Lopburi (1666) – Now a museum
Thonburi Palace (Phra Racha Wang Derm) 
Bangkok (1768) – Royal palace of King Taksin; now site of the Royal Thai Navy headquarters.

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