Even before the destruction of Ayutthaia, a royal summer palace named Bang Pa-In was built on the banks of the Chao Praha River, little used until the 19th century, when King Mongkut added almost everything you see today.
There are strong foreign influences, mainly European and Chinese, and, although it continues to be little used, only two buildings are open to the public, with the same visiting conditions as the Imperial Palace in Bangkok.
Highlights in Bang Pa-In:
The “Divine seat of personal freedom”, in the middle of the lake is the iconic image of Bang Pa-In, where the Khmer-style prang stands out.
In the palace, only the Chinese residence of Chulalongkorn can be visited, and outside it, the Varobhas Birman residence has also opened. Next to the river, a Buddhist temple looks like a Christian church.