Palace to the Front (Wang Na)

Palace to the Front

Wang Na or "Palace to the Front" was begun in the same year as the Royal Grand Palace in 1782. Like the Royal Palace it was first built of wood as a temporary residence for " assistant king" and heirs to the throne. It was done away with by King Rama V who appointed no royal assistant and turned it into a museum. King Rama VII dedicated the other buildings there to the National Museum as we know today. All the buildings in The Palace to the Front are not shown here except the most important ones. Wang Na is located on the southern side of Thammasat University.

Phra Buddha Sihing image

Phra-Thinang Phutthaisawan

This chapel was built in 1787 to enshrine the Phra Buddha Sihing image that was brought down from Chiangmai. When the prince of this palace passed away King Rama I moved the image to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. King Rama IV had the Phra Buddha Sihing image brought back here to mark the nomination of his brother Phra Bat Somdej Phra Pinklao as the Second King. The image remains here today.

Phra-Thinabg Isarawinitchai Throne Hall

The Prince of the Palace to the Front in the reign of King Rama III built this throne hall as a projection from the front of his residence. It was used to receive foreign visitors and perform religious rites.
Isarawinitchai Throne Hall

Tamnak Daeng (The Red House)

Tamnak Daeng (The Red House)

This building was built by King Rama I for his elder sister. It first stood in a group of Thai style wooden buildings at the Royal Grand Palace. King Rama III had it moved to the palace in Thonburi for the queen of Rama II. When King Pinklao came to stay at The Palace to the Front he had The Red House, which had been his former residence, moved here where it stands today.

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