A palace to remember - Mrigadayavan Palace

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A palace to remember - Mrigadayavan Palace

Post by Big Boy » Thu Oct 27, 2016 2:24 pm

Mrigadayavan Palace in Phetchaburi aims at becoming a hub of art, architecture and education.

Mrigadayavan Palace, the summer palace of King Rama VI located on a beach between Cha-am district, Phetchaburi, and Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan, is a popular cultural attraction. Although it attracts 350,000-400,000 visitors a year, it holds more significance than just being a tourist spot. It serves as a learning centre for the arts and sciences.

"The late HRH Princess Bejaratana, the only daughter of King Rama VI, hoped this palace would serve as a learning centre for the people and a means to express gratitude towards His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and King Rama VI," said Klaomard Yipintsoi, director of the Office of Mrigadayavan Palace Foundation.

According to her, the palace's architecture and art allows the public to learn Thai history during the Sixth Reign (1910-1925) and about Thai culture, traditions and norms from the palace's regular activities, such as classical music, traditional costumes, literature and food, and from the Archive Room. King Rama VI had keen interest in and was very supportive of all fields of art, including traditional Thai music and performing arts.

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Re: A palace to remember - Mrigadayavan Palace

Post by dragonseeker » Thu Oct 27, 2016 2:33 pm

Visited here last year. Gardens were very pleasant to stroll around with mature, shady trees. No buildings were open to the public save a small one where you could access the veranda and peer into a few rooms. A nice diversion for 30 Baht if you are traveling between Hua Hin and Cha Am.

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Post by Big Boy » Thu Oct 27, 2016 2:39 pm

dragonseeker wrote:No buildings were open to the public save a small one where you could access the veranda and peer into a few rooms.
Really? I've never known that before. The only time I've encountered restrictions is arriving late afternoon on a busy day - they do limit the number of people inside the building, and all tickets may have been sold.

Out of interest what time did you arrive?
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Re: A palace to remember - Mrigadayavan Palace

Post by dragonseeker » Thu Nov 03, 2016 10:00 am

Can't remember the time. I'll make a point of going again when the sun begins to shine.

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Re: A palace to remember - Mrigadayavan Palace

Post by dragonseeker » Thu Nov 03, 2016 7:23 pm

Happy to report today at my 12 pm visit you could buy a separate 30 Baht ticket which gave you access to some of the rooms and made the visit much more interesting and enjoyable. A dress code applies which means wearing long pants and covering your shoulders.
Good English explanations in the exhibition rooms. The royal family used this palace in the 1920s. When the king went bathing he took 20-30 courtiers with him to watch for jellyfish.....

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