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Sanam Chandra Palace, Nakhon Pathom

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Sanam Chandra Palace is a palace complex built by Vajiravudh in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, 56 km west of Bangkok. The palace complex is about a kilometer away from the Phra Pathommachedi. The complex consists of five buildings and a Ganesh shrine.HistoryRoyal residenceBefore ascending the throne, the then Crown Prince Vajiravudh came to this city to pay homage to Phra Pathommachedi. He wished to build a palace here as a retreat and a residence during his pilgrimage trip to the stupa. He viewed the area as a strategic location. In 1907, he bought about 335 acres of land around Noen Prasart Hill from local people. Noen Prasart Hill is believed to be the site of an ancient palace. He then had Luang Phitak Manop (Noi Silapi, later Phraya Visukam Prasit) designed and supervised the construction of the palace. The construction began in 1902 by the end of Chulalongkorn's reign (1868 – 1910). It was completed in 1911. Vajiravudh named it Sanam Chandra Palace after a natural pool nearby called "Sa Nam Chand". In addition, the king had another plan for this palace. It was to serve not only as a retreat, but also as a stronghold during a national crisis. Here, he regularly held practices for the Wild Tigers Corps, a para – military troop. According to Vajiravudh's will, the palace was given to the government to be the site of military academy. However, after reign of Vajiravudh the palace has been closed and transformed to Nakhon Pathom's administrative area. Some palace halls had been dismantled and moved to National Museum in Bangkok for preservation.
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Where to stay in Nakhon Pathom

A Nakhon Pathom trip is easily completed in a day from Bangkok, but tourists wishing to stay overnight can find accommodations at outdated but comfortable hotels. As in most large cities, prices vary for rooms ranging from backpacker-friendly to upscale. Aim for a hotel near bus stations serving Bangkok if you plan to travel, or near a night market if you want easy access to dining and shopping. Always choose a room away from the street, as the busy city tends to make a lot of noise in the morning and at night.
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  • We visited on Sunday. The palace was not crowded. We paid 30 Bahts to get in. The dress code was enforced. They sold cloth to cover knees and shoulders. The palace was nice and clean. The park was wel...  more »
  • We had to come within a week of seeing the Grand Palace in Bangkok as this palace entrance fee was included in the Grand Palace ticket fee (500 baht), along with the palace near Ayutthaya. However, if...  more »
  • Sanam Chandra Palace location is near from biggest Chedi. This place has big park and building combination Thai and Western architecture. I'm here you can see a lot of King Rama VI heritage.  more »
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  • nice historical place but animal zoo in there area in need renovate and concern animal welfare
  • Nice and clean palace! The guided tour was good. The garden was well maintained.
  • A must place in Nakhon Pathom! Beautiful palace and garden. Worth the visit. There's tour available if you're interested in the history.
  • Another famous landmark in Nakhon Pathom. Spend a chill afternoon walking in the park and palace. Free entrance in the evening (but all residences will be closed)
  • Very interesting place.ahrad of the kings funeral