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Bangkok National Heritage, Historic Buildings and Palaces

Thailand is a country that preserves its National heritage buildings very well, even in a modern city such as Bangkok. There are plenty of places to visit for the cultured person, from Thailand's magnificent Grand Palace located in the old area of Bangkok, to the beautiful Vimanmek Palace crafted entirely from Golden Teak. Wat Phra Kaeo, one of Bangkok's finest temples that houses the Emerald Buddha is located in the Grand Palace and is a must visit for anybody who travels to Bangkok.

Many of the national heritage buildings offer a two tier pricing scheme for Bangkok tourists and locals, and although there's generally not a great difference in price, it's worth remembering that many of the locals taking their families out earn far less than the tourists in comparison, and after all this is the Thai's national heritage. That being said, a foreigner showing his Thailand work permit, driving licence or even being able to speak a bit of Thai will often be able to get into the national heritage buildings at local prices.

Grand Palace

Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo This inner-city riverine landmark contains several buildings with highly detailed architectural features. Wat Phra Kaeo within the same compound, is a treasure house of Thai arts, and houses the Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand. Proper attire is essential.

Open: Daily from 8.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. (except during special royal ceremonies)
Admission: 200 baht. (including a ticket to Vimanmek Royal Mansion)
Personal Audio Guide in English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin: 100 baht
Tel: 02 623-5500, 02 222-0094, 02 222-6889
www.palaces.thai.net

Khamthieng House

Khamthieng House Located in the garden of the Siam Society on Sukhumvit Soi 21 (Asoke), this 200-year-old northern Lanna style wooden house contains a collection of traditional implements used by northern people.
Open: Tue to Sat from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (except public holidays)
Admission: 100 baht
Tel: 02 661-6470-7
www.siam-society.org

Kukrit's House

Kukrit's House at 19 Soi Phra Pinit, South Sathorn Road, stands the home of M.R. Kukrit Pramoj (1911-1995). M.R. Kukrit was born and raised in a family of royal descent. His career included military service, finance, lecturing, writing, and politics. He was Prime Minister in 1974 and 1975. His house is antique Thai structures assembled in Bangkok and contains a fine art collection. The gardens are noted for their Thai bonsai trees and for eastern and western-style sections.
Open: Sat -Sun and official holidays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: 50 baht
Tel: 02 286-8185

Suan Pakkad Palace

Suan Pakkad Palace Located on Si Ayutthaya Road, this complex of five Thai-style houses has an important collection of Asian antiques. An exquisite lacquer pavilion is decorated with sumptuous late Ayutthaya period gold leaf mural. There is also a Khon Museum where masks and costumes of the classical play are on display.
Open: Daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: 100 baht
Tel: 02 245-4934

Vimanmek Mansion Museum

Vimanmek Mansion Museum Vimanmek Mansion Museum This is the world’s largest golden teak building located in the compound of the Dusit Palace on Ratchawithi Road. The three-storey royal mansion has 81 rooms, halls and ante-chambers containing fin de siecle royal memorabilia. A guided tour in English is provided to visitors.
Other beautiful buildings in the same compound display various items and art objects; for example, H.M. King Bhumibol’s photography, H.M. Queen Sirikit’s collection of handicraft masterpieces created by rural people, paraphernalia of rank and portraits, old clocks, ancient cloth, and royal carriages.
Open: Daily from 9.30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Thai dancing shows: Daily at 10.30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Admission: 100 baht
Proper attire is required
Tel: 02 628 6300-9 www.palaces.thai.net

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