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]

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]

Historical (pre-Rattanakosin) royal palaces[edit]

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