The country of Thailand was a nation once ruled by Kings and Queens, and her history reads like a fantasy novel. Unlike countries with similar histories, Thailand remains a Kingdom to this very day, and is perhaps the last true kingdom on the planet. One of the most iconic monuments that still stand as a testament to the country’s rich and majestic history, is the Phyathai Palace in Bangkok.
Should you wish to embark on a quest to see this mighty monument, you could have at one point even accommodated yourself within it, but nowadays you would have to seek other choices ranging from comfortable bed and breakfasts, luxury hotels or the homely embrace of the Serviced apartments Bangkok has to offer such as Chatrium Residence Riverside Bangkok.
The construction of the Palace commenced in 1909 under the behest of King Rama V, and was completed shortly afterwards. The palace consists of five buildings, and were designed with a blend of Neo-Gothic and Romanesque styles. The interiors however, portray distinctly Italian influences and are additionally adorned with various frescoes, creating an amalgamation of various influences.
Within the palace lies a consistently forgotten piece of national history, the microcosmic city known as ‘Dusit Thani’, meaning ‘Heaven on Earth’, a small mock city that was built where experiments were run to ease the country’s switch from absolutely monarchy to parliamentary government. Designed as a utopia, the city featured its very own buildings, temples and even agricultural centres such as farms.
Following the King’s death, the palace was converted to what was by today’s standards a luxury boutique hotel, but the second world war brought an end to that. Now the palace serves as a hospital, which might make it the most prestigious hospital in existence. Be sure to visit this historic location should you find yourself in Bangkok.
Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+