Vimanmek Mansion is the world's largest golden teakwood mansion with its elaborate architectural style reflecting a western influence. It is the former royal palace in Bangkok, Thailand. The building has two right-angled wings, each wing 60 meters long and meters high, and is three-storied except for the part where King Rama V resided, which is octagonal and four-storied. Although the ground floor is brick and cement, the upper floors are built of beautiful golden teakwood. Altogether there are 31 exhibition rooms, with the bedrooms, the throne room and the bathrooms maintaining the atmosphere of the Thai past. Some rooms house exhibitions of art works, for example, there is silverware display room, a ceramic display room, a glassware display room and an ivory display room.

The courtyards boast several colorful botanic gardens, ponds and small lakes.

There is an hourly-guided tour which we managed to catch. We had a glimpse of the exhibition rooms of the Thai art and architecture. Including ivory, crystal ware, ceramics and silvewares. Photographs of King Rama V, personal art and handicrafts.

We also got the chance to see on Thailand's highly stylized classical dance performance. The dance is accompanied by music played on traditional instruments. Dressed in magnificent linens and silk, young dancers perform the slow, graceful movements that make up the intricate language of classical Thai dance.

Two shows are performed daily at 10:30 am and at 2:00 pm. There's a picture taking after the show but you have to pay a small amount.

Visitors are requested to dress properly and appropriately upon entering the ground of the Vimanmek Palace. Personal effects are not allowed inside the museum. Our visit to Vimanmek Mansion was already included in the city tour package.

Rajavithi Road, Dusit,
Bangkok 10300
Tel. +66 628-6300 Ext. 5120-5121
Fax +66 628-6300 Ext. 5136
Admission Fee:
Thai - Adult 50 Baht, Children- 20 Baht
Foreigner- 100 Baht

Visitor Information:
Official hours are from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
including weekends and public holiday.
Ticket sold until 3:00 pm
Only Vimanmek Mansion: Open 9:30 am to 3:15 pm

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