A former royal residence during the first part of the twentieth century, the grand Vimanmek Mansion is the largest teakwood building in the world.
How to Get There
Tourists can always hop a train to the Phayathai Station which is the nearest Skytrain stop however it could prove be a long walk to the complex. Another option would be to arrange a vehicle service. Many a Bangkok hotel in Sukhumvit, including the likes of Maitria Hotel Sukhumvit 18 will do so upon request.
The Vimanmek Mansion was commissioned by King Rama V in the year 1900. It is the first permanent residence in the Dusit Palace complex. The completion of its 72 rooms was celebrated in 1901 and was the king’s residence for 5 years. Later in 1982, Queen Sirikit started renovations of the palace and turned it into a museum.
The king having toured palaces in Europe was much impressed by their magnificent architecture and decided to incorporate a Victorian style. The interior of the residence showcases a strong neoclassical design made further elaborate with traditional Thai motif carvings.
What to See
A major tourist attraction, the museum commemorates King Rama V’s life and reign. Art, exquisite handicrafts, vintage photographs along with an extensive collection of gifts and treasures accumulated from his time in Europe are also on display here.
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