Narai Ratchaniwet Palace

Mark Fischer

Narai Ratchaniwet Palace

As well as visiting the monkeys at Phra Prang Sam Yot, no trip to Lopburi would be complete without a wander around the Narai Ratchaniwet Palace (also known as "King Narai's Palace") and the surrounding parkland. This unusual palace built in the 17th century by French, Italian and Portuguese engineers, restored in the 19th century and it has a distinctly French feel to it. Set in a well-tended park, the palace was originally used by King Narai of Ayutthaya as his summer residence but was abandoned after he died. The palace was subsequently restored to pristine condition in 1856 by King Mongkut and in 1924, the central buildings were converted into the Lopburi National Museum. One of the highlights of the museum is a reconstruction of the entire bedroom of King Mongkut in all its glory, providing a fascinating insight into how Thai Royalty lived in the 19th century. In addition to the royal bedroom, you will see prehistoric relics, Buddha Images in the Dvaravati, Lopburi and Khmer traditions, and some historic articles relating to the French period. Outside enjoy a pleasant stroll around the lovely park, where you will find the remains of other ancient buildings including the roofless Dusit Sawan Thanya Maha Prasat Hall and remnants of the royal stables. Entry: Foreigners, 150B, Thais 30B Open: 8:30am - 4:00pm, closed Mon-Tue and national holidays. Getting Here: Located near the Old Town centre, the entrance is on Sorasak Road on the east wall.

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