King Taksin’s Palace in Bangkok Opens for Visitors

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King Taksin’s Palace in Bangkok Opens for Visitors

King Taksin’s palace which served as a centre of power during his short reign will be open for public for two weeks up to December, 28. Free admission.

Known among the Bangkokians as 'the Old Palace', now the building doubles as the headquarters of the Royal Navy and thus normally is out of reach of tourists except for one day each year, December, 28, the day, when King Taksin once proclaimed his Kingdom.

Inside there is a museum dedicated to the history of the Thonburi Kingdom that lasted from 1767 to 1782, when the capital city was located on the western side of what is now Bangkok. There are artifact related to the Thonburi era, including centuries-old muskets and old maps of Bangkok on display.

Another highlight of the palace complex is the white-stoned Wichai Prasit Fort, a French-designed fortress built during the Ayutthaya era to guard the entrance of Chao Phraya River.

Note that all the foreign visitors will be admitted only if accompanied by a Thail national. 

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