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
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.
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
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.
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.
References [ edit ]