Sunday, January 25, 2009

Bang Pa-In Palace

Bang Pa-In Palace was resurrected in the middle of the nineteenth century from an earlier site dating from 17th century. It is nearby to Ayutthaya and it is built on an island in the Chao Phraya River (the same river that runs through Bangkok).

Today it is sometimes used by King Bhumibol Adulyade (Rama IX) and his Queen Sirikit as a summer palace and for holding receptions and entertaining foreign dignitaries.

The first shot shows the Divine Seat of Personal Freedom. The next is the Royal Residence of Heavenly Light, Chinese influenced with lots of red and black lacquer work embellished with gold and mother of pearl.

The palace buildings are set in beautiful landscaped grounds, we enjoyed the fun topiary; elephants, deer and rabbits adorned the well tended lawns.

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