Vimanmek Palace

Coordinates: 13°46′26″N 100°30′46″E / 13.77389°N 100.51278°E / 13.77389; 100.51278

The Vimanmek Palace (Thai: วิมานเมฆ) officially named Vimanmek Mansion, is a former royal palace in Bangkok, Thailand. It is also known as the Vimanmek Teak Mansion or Vimanmek Mansion. It is located in the Dusit Palace complex, nearby Dusit Zoo in Dusit district.

Construction

Vimanmek Palace was built in 1900 by King Rama V by having the Munthatu Rattanaroj Residence in Chuthathuj Rachathan at Ko Sichang, Chonburi, dismantled and reassembled in Dusit Garden. The celebration for the completion of Vimanmek Palace was held on March 27, 1901. It was used as a royal palace by King Rama V for five years until the completion of Amphorn Satharn Villa in 1906. In 1932, Vimanmek Palace was used only as a storage place of the Bureau of the Royal Household.

History

In 1982 Queen Sirikit asked permission of King Rama IX to renovate Vimanmek Palace for use as a museum to commemorate King Rama V by displaying his photographs, personal art and handicrafts, and to serve as a showcase of the Thai national heritage. The palace is now a major tourist attraction and is the world's largest golden teakwood mansion.

Literature
  • Lenzi, Iola (2004), Museums of Southeast Asia, Singapore: Archipelago Press, p. 200 pages, ISBN 981-4068-96-9 

Building Activity

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