Phra Ratchawang Doem Palace

Entrence to Phra Ratchawang Doem
Entrance to Phra Ratchawang Doem

On the grounds of the Department of the Navy across the river from the Royal Grand Palace stands Phra Ratchawang Doem. This Palace was built by King Taksin (the King of Thonburi) around 1771 before the Chakri Dynasty and the reign of King Rama I. He moved the Thai capital here from Ayutthaya after having regained independence from the Burmese. The fort which surrounds this palace (Wichaiprasit Fort) was built during the reign of King Narai the Great of Ayutthaya in the 17th century.


The Throne Hall
The Throne Hall

The Throne Hall

When King Taksin moved the capital to Thonburi he built this Throne Hall. It is now used by the Royal Navy as a reception hall for special visitors and functions.

The Shrine of King Taksin
The Shrine of King Taksin

The Shrine of King Taksin

It is said that this building has been here since the reign of King Taksin but was probably the palace spirit house. It is thought the building was repaired as a shrine to King Taksin by King Pinklao (the Second King of King Mongkut) who stayed here for 27 years.

 

 


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