The Vimanmek Mansion in Bangkok was established as a royal residence. Built in the early part of the 20th century, the entire structure is made of teak wood making it the world’s biggest teak wood building.
Now a museum, it preserves rare artifacts and gives an insight into true royal Thai heritage preserved over the years since the days of Rama V. The place is a must visit for all tourists, who have an interest in the Thai culture and tradition.
Attractions – what to see
Tourists to the Vimanmek Mansion are overawed by the fact that they are witness to the centuries old tradition of Thai kings. The palace is a virtual storehouse of precious Thai artifacts and more than that it reflects the grandeur of the Thai kings of the past.
At Vimanmek, you can witness true photographs and belongings donated by several generations of Kings. The large complex of teak buildings is actually among the other collection of royal artifacts on display.
You can expect to see a number of Thai handicrafts, royal carriages, clocks, fabrics, the mansion photographs, and many such royal splendors on display.
As a part of the tour you will also witness folk dance, classical Thai dance, and martial art demonstrations which are showcased from 10:30am to 2pm. It is advised, however, that you ask the tour operators about these cultural shows since at times they are suspended.
You might be interested in seeing the beautiful Chinese blue and white porcelain collection dating back to the Ming dynasty.
On display are some interesting pieces of Thai silverware, gold, crystal, ivory and silver called Ta Thong.
History of the Vimanmek Mansion
Build in 1901 by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), the Vimanmek Mansion Museum is a one of a kind structure entirely done up in teak wood. The mansion has been restored and opened for public viewing mainly due to the sincere efforts of Queen Sirikit (present Queen). This beautiful, golden teakwood mansion was totally redone in 1982 as a part of Bangkok’s bicentennial celebrations.
Strictly a private museum, it is a reflection of the royal family’s memorabilia and their lifestyle in those days. One can see a large collection of teak wood pieces as well as 81 rooms, which functioned as a part of the royal household.
The Vimanmek Mansion is probably the largest residence in Dusit Garden, the style of architectural to be seen here has western influences reflected within the Thai tradition. One can easily make out a three-story building as a part of the octagonal building which has four story’s in the quarters meant for the kings living. Tourists are taken on a tour of the Audience Chamber, the bedrooms, and the bathrooms too.
Appropriate clothing is mandatory. No tank tops, shorts and sandals are allowed within the compound.
Opening Time: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Entrance Fee: 100 Baht per person
Location: Khao Din Park
Phone Number: n/a
How to get to Vimanek Mansion Museum
Plenty of tour buses operate to the Vimanmek Mansion Museum. Alternatively you can also go by yourself by getting the next Taxi. The palace is situated opposite the Dusit Zoo, north of the National Assembly Building in Kao Din Park.