Friday, 27 May 2016

Plai Noen Palace in Rama 4 / Klong Toey

Plai Noen Palace in Rama 4 / Klong Toey
พิพิธภัณฑ์ตำหนักปลายเนิน หรือ วังคลองเตย

The palace is easily accessible (Rama 4 road, less than 200 m walk from MRT Klong Toey), but open only once per year on 29 April.
I walked past many times, and this year had opportunity to visit. 

Entry is free with guided tour in Thai (I joined the 15:00-16:30 tour), drinks and food sold outside, and books about the prince and reproductions of photos and drawings by the prince. 

Information board on Rama 4 road:



Entrance on Rama 4 road (the palace is 60 m inside on the right at
13.7213709,100.5542121 = 13°43'16.9"N 100°33'15.2"E):




The palace is a rather unspectacular traditional Thai wooden house:




No photography allowed inside, but in adjacent buildings and park:
 



There was water, but now dry:



Verdict: for the average tourist, Suan Pakkard, Jim Thompson house or Kukrit house are a better choice; more to see and open all over the year.

April 28 is the birthday of H.R.H. Prince Narisaranuvattivongse นริศรานุวัดติวงศ์ (Prince Naris นริศ). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narisara_Nuwattiwong
The palace is open on April 28 for invited guests and on April 29 for general public. (Mistake in book ASA Architectural Awards: Bangkok Walking Guide, on p274 it says open April 28th.)

further reading:
https://th.wikipedia.org/wiki/พิพิธภัณฑ์ตำหนักปลายเนิน
http://www.sac.or.th/databases/museumdatabase/review_inside_image.php?id=46
http://www.oknation.net/blog/Walk2/2008/04/30/entry-1
(pictures from interior)

Copyright 2016 ChristianPFC

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