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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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  • 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 »
  • This former royal palace quietly visit by bike or on foot or electric cart. The Interior of the Palace is beautiful and you can admire the chard lives of the Royal family in his furniture, interesting also several uniforms of the King parade. However we can't take pictures in the interieur.si you want to see all have at least a good morning.
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  • Beautiful palace complex with lush garden. Tour and displays inside the main palace are educational and very well done (though all in Thai). It also boast one of the most beautiful traditional thai house. Stroll around or rent golf card. Strict dresscode with no sleeveless and skirt below knees. If you need one, you have to buy shawl/ wrap skirt-no rental. They do have good selection of these though^^
  • One of the more interesting public palaces in Thailand, mainly due to the way that they setup a tour of the palace. There's a guide to explain the history of Rama VI and his reign but it's in Thai. Bring a translator if you're a foreigner. They're pretty anal about restricting photography and you'll have to store your cameras and phones in a locker prior to entering the palace. The garden outside is free for photography and it's nice and peaceful, with pigeons and chickens roaming free. Worth about 1-2 hours' visit.
  • Another place MUST TO visit:)) #Beautiful #Historic #Open air If an elder who can not tolerate long walk, they have a golf car in service.
  • The place is very beautiful, good to visit for take the pictures and relax.
  • Beautiful gardens. Try and go when it is cool.