More than a century old, the Suan Pakkad Palace was a joint property of the Prince and Princess Chumbhot in 1952.
The palace gets its name from the land it was built on, a cabbage patch, which is ‘Suan Pakkad’ in Thai.
The building itself as well as its treasures within became a part of the museum after the death of the prince and the princess. The palace is supposedly the oldest and the first of the traditional family house museums in Thailand.
It was opened to the public in 1952 and contains a collection of royal antiquities which have been passed down through successive generations in the royal family. The era of H.R.H. Prince Paribatra Sukhumbandhu, son of His Majesty King Chulalongkorn, Rama V and Her Majesty Queen Sukhumala Marasri are reflected here.
Attractions – what to see
While in the Suan Pakkad Palace, you are greeted by a beautiful garden that has been designed in a Japanese style. The front portion consists of statues and other artifacts dating back to the 7th century.
Throughout the palace visitors can find different kinds of artefacts that were used in the everyday life of the royal family; these include betel nut boxes, food containers decorated with mother-of-pearl and silver ware, ecclesiastical fans and traditional Thai dresses and ornaments.
You might also be interested in seeing a display of archaeological finds from Ban Chiang, collections of shells, Benjarong pottery, rocks and minerals, and other interesting items.
There is also an interesting collection of Khon masks, which are used in the Thai classical dances that depict stories from the Ramakien, Traditional Thai epic.
All over the palace and especially in the inner room of the Lacquer Pavilion you can witness exemplary work of Thai art.
No photographs are allowed inside the museum.
Opening Time: 9.00am – 4.00pm
Entrance Fee: 40 Baht per person
Phone Number: 02-224-1333
How to get to Suan Pakkad Palace
Take the BTS Skytrain to Phaya Thai station and descend via exit 4. Walk down the intersection blelow and turn right to Si Ayutthaya Road. The Suan Pakkad Palace will be on your right, not to far from the intersection.