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Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park

02 July 2019

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Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park or “Khao Wang” was a former royal residence constructed under the command of King Rama IV. Situated on the three peaks called Khao Samon or “Samon,” King Rama IV renamed Phra Nakhon Khiri “Khao Mahasawan.” The historical park are divided in these following zones:

Phra Nakhon Khiri National Museum is located within the royal quarter. Thus, displays of artifacts are classified based on each throne hall's significance. They consist of furniture, royal utensils and objects in commemoration of King Rama IV and King Rama V.

Phet Phum Phairot Throne Hall is the largest throne hall of Phra Nakhon Khiri. Influenced by Western, Thai, and Chinese architecture, it was used as King Rama IV's administrative hall. Later in 1910, King Rama V graciously commanded its renovation to turn the place into residence for His royal guests Duke Johann Albrecht, Regent of the Duchy of Brunswick and his spouse Princess Elisabeth of Stolberg-Rossia of Germany. The rooms were renovated into these:

Front main hall              was turned into dining room

Rear main hall               was turned into bedroom

Eastern veranda            was turned into leisure room

Western veranda           was turned into bathroom and toilet

Each room displays a wide array of exquisite royal utensils and decorative items which were the work of the mid-to-late 19th century European art along with Chinese, Japanese, and Persian art. The idea behind the display tried to focus on these items' original purpose of usage and form.

Pramot Mahaisawan Throne Hall was, according to the 25th Article of Annals, “the King's residence.” This two-storey building was constructed in Chinese patio-style and adjacent to Phet Phum Phairot Throne Hall. Its upper level was divided as His bedroom and office.


Other significant historic sites include:

Wetchayan Prasat Throne Hall is a palace with stupa, a popular architectural style during the time of King Rama IV. Inside, a bronze statue of King Rama IV was placed. 

Ratcha Dhamma Sapa Throne Hall is the one-storey structure influenced by Thai, Chinese, and European art. It was formerly used as a prayer hall during the reign of King Rama IV but was transformed into dining room for traveling members of the royal family.

Chatchawan Wiang Chai Tower or the Observatory has a lamp inside. In the old days, fishermen relied on the light from this lamp to guide them back to Baan Laem Coast during nighttime.

Management

The Department of Fine Arts

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Important Person/ History /Archeology

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Important / Interesting artifacts

1. The Statue of King Rama IV and His life-sized bronze statue at Wetchayan Prasat Throne Hall

2. Royal amenities for face-washing in European Art dated back to 19th – 20th century

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Address And Contact Number

97 Khiri Rattaya Road Khlong Krachaeng Mueang Phetchaburi Phetchaburi 76000
Telephone : 032-401 006, 032-425 600
Website : http://www.finearts.go.th/pranakornkeereemuseum/
Email : kaowang_petch@hotmail.com

Operating hours

Everyday from 08.30-16.00 hrs.

Admission fee

20 Baht for Thai citizens and 50 Baht for foreigners (Entrance fee for Phra Nakhon Khiri National Museum is included). Visitors can access Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park (Khao Wang) by walking or taking cable car (roundtrip ticket) at 30 Baht for adults and 10 Baht for children. 

Getting There

1. By car: From Bangkok, take Highway 35 (Rama 2 or Thonburi – Pak Tho) and pass through Samut Sakhon – Samut Songkhram, Pak Tho District – Phetchaburi Province. The journey is 123 kilometres in distance and takes around 1 hour and a half.

Another alternative is to use Highway 4 (Phetchakasem Road) and pass through Nakhon Pathom – Ratchaburi – Phetchaburi. The trip is about 166 kilometres and takes about 2 hours.

2. By bus: Bangkok – Phetchaburi air-conditioned buses leave from Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal on Borommaratchachonnani Road daily at multiple times.

3. By train: Trains from Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lamphong) and Thonburi Railway Station leave for Phetchaburi Province daily. Choices come in either normal, rapid, and express trains and the trip takes about 2.5-3 hours.

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