Narai Ratchaniwet Palace

Narai Ratchaniwet Palace

Where : Lopburi

Category : Travel / Attractions

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Open hours : 8.30 - 16.30

What / Why :

Narai Ratchaniwet Palce built by King Narai of Ayuttaya took 12 years to be completed (1665-1677). It is located in the centre of the town between Ratchadamnoen Rd. and Pratu Chai Rd. which is not too far away from the railway station. Most of the structures of the Palace are of King Narai's period. Now the whole compound has been turned into the National Museum of Lop Buri. Apart from ancient art objects displayed in the Museum, every pavilion in the royal palace has an interesting history.

Water Reservoir constructed by King Narai to store water which came through terracotta pipe s from Ta-le Chupsorn, a large fresh-water lake which supplied drinking water to the inhabitants of Lop Buri.

Phra Khlang Supharat commonly called the twelve treasure houses, built by King Narai for storing the royal treasures as well as royal goods for selling to foreign merchants.

Elephant and Horse Stables located close to the wall separating the outer section of the palace from the middle section.

Chanthon Phisan Pavilion built as a royal residence of King Narai in 1665, later the pavilion was used as an audience hall after King Narai had moved his residence to Suttha Sawan pavilion. The building was constructed in pure Thai style, thus indicating that no French architects has any share in contructing. The building was restored by King Mongkut in 1863 and is now used as a hall for displaying archaeological and art objects. Many stone Buddha images of the Lop Buri period are kept in the building.

Phiman Mongkut Pavilion is a three-storied brick building constructed by King Mongkut as his residence when he visited Lop Buri during the renovation of the palace. Connected with the said pavilion are three other two-storied buildings called Suttha Winitchai Pavilion, Chai Sattrakon Pavilion and Akson Sattrakhom. All of these three buildings are now used as offices of the Lop Buri National Museum.
Dusit Sawan Thanya Maha Prasat Hall King Narai had this building constructed to be used as an audience hall for high-ranking foreign visitors and ambassador. He probably received Chevalier de Chaumont, Louis XIV's representative in this hall. The building was constructed in a mixed architectural style which can be traced from the shape of the doors and windows (square shape in Thai style, and dome shape in western style). No roof structure can be seen at present, but it is believed that building was covered with a multitiered roof with a tall pointed spire which is the typical roofing style of many mondobs in Bangkok.

Suttha Sawan Pavilion was built by King Narai as his residence and it was in the building that the king died on the 11th of July 1688, while the palace was being resigned by the revolutionists. There still remain the ruins of the pavilion and artificial hills and fountains. It is recorded that the pavilion stood amidst beautiful garden in which many fountains were displayed.

Phra Chao Hao Building located on the south of the outer section of the palace was built by King Narai probably as a private audience hall.

Banquet Hall built by King Narai to entertain important foreign visitors is surrounded by ponds on the west, north and south. In front of the Banquet Hall stands a brick platform which might be the remaining part of a theatre in which the guests were entertained after dinner

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