Ayutthaya Royal Palace

Ayutthaya Royal Palace

Where : located close to the city wall of Ayutthaya,Ayutthaya

Category : Travel / Attractions

Updated by : จุฬาลงกรณ์มหาวิทยาลัย

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Open hours : Daily from 06.00 – 18.00 hrs.

Fee : Admission: 50 baht

Hilight :

- Wihan Somdet Hall
- Sanphet Prasat Hall
- Suriyat Amarin Hall
- Chakkrawat Phaichayon Hall
- Trimuk Hall

How to go :

A road passes by from Chantharakasem Palace, which is two kilometers away to the north.

 

What / Why :

Ancient Palace is mostly low-lying ruins set in large grounds, with only a few free standing buildings remaining. It was originally called the Grand Palace, the residential palace of every king was located close to the city wall of Ayutthaya. A road passes by from Chantharakasem Palace, which is two kilometres away to the north. Important buildings inside the Grand Palace compound are:

Wihan Somdet Hall: The top of this hall has been decorated in a unique style of architecture called Prang. It has longer space in front and rear gabled rooms, and shorter space in the side gabled rooms. It was surrounded with a three-sided cloister and utilized for various royal ceremonies such as coronations. This was the first building over constructed in Ayutthaya to be affixed with gold leaf.

Sanphet Prasat Hall: This is the middle building construted in the same design as Wihan Somdet Hall. Kings used it to welcome foreign envoys and visitors.

Suriyat Amarin Hall : A four-gabled roof building constructed of sandstone and brick; it is close to the riverside city wall. It was used as a place to witness the royal barge processions.

Chakkrawat Phaichayon Hall : With a three-gabled roof, is on the inner eastern city wall in front of the Grand Palace. It was used to view processions and military practice.

Trimuk Hall: This is located behind the Sanphet Prasat Hall. It is believed to have been the residential area of the consort members and also the garden was the royal relaxing place.

Banyong Rattanat Hall: Formerly known by the name of “Phra Thinang Thaisa”, it is in the back compound of the Grand Palace on an island in a pond. It has four-gabled roof architecture. Remains of the throne halls that are left to be seen at present, were constructed in the reign of King Borommatrailokkanat and used to serve as royal residences for all later kings.A package ticket is also available at 180 Baht each, covering admission to temples and museums within the province and valid for 30 days, including Wat Phra Si Sanphet and the Ancient Palace Complex, Wat Mahathat, Wat Ratchaburana, Wat Phra Ram, Wat Chai Watthanaram, Chao Sam Phraya National Museum and Chantharakasem Museum.

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