With the beaches of Hua Hin and the Gulf of Thailand calling, relatively few oversea tourists stop at the small township of Phetchaburi to the south of Bangkok. But for those concern in architecture or Thai history, the summer palace that was built here by King Rama IV is worthy of closer inspection. An eclectic solicitation of buildings with a desegregate of Thai, European and Chinese plan, Phra Nakhon Khiri spreads out over three separate hilltops with bird’s-eye views of Phetchaburi and the surrounding countryside. Phra Nakhon Khiri, Phetchaburi King Rama IV ordered the construction of this summer palace south of Bangkok and in 1858 the project was completed and formally named Phra Nakhon Khiri although many locals refer to it as Khao Wang ( Palace Hill ). In its flower, this was a thrive complex of religious buildings, villas and throne halls. Rama IV and Rama V used Phra Nakhon Khiri as a summer palace and a place to entertain authoritative guests. Wat Phra Kaeo at Phra Nakhon Khiri

An existing pagoda on the hilltop was renovated by King Mongkut and relics placed inside. The 40 meter high chedi was renamed as Phra That Chom Phet and forms a distinctive landmark for those travelling by road or train between Bangkok and Hua Hin. A royal synagogue was besides built here in the same manner as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok ’ south Grand Palace and this temple is known as Wat Phra Kaew Noi. early noteworthy buildings here include the lookout which was a front-runner location for King Rama IV, a keen astronomer. royal observatory and palace

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Need to know

Although Phra Nakhon Khiri is no longer used by the Thai imperial family, its royal inheritance hush means certain protocols are in rate. Visitors should cover their knees and shoulders and besides respect the no photography signs which are in place inside the chief museum. Phra Nakhon Khiri National Museum

Until you get up close, it ’ s easy to underestimate how wide an area the grounds here cover. Be prepared for batch of walk-to, particularly if you don ’ t take the cable car and besides be mindful that there are monkeys here, but if you ’ re sensible you shouldn ’ t have any problems. Some of the steps are steep and can be highly slippery when moisture and there are besides some locations ( such as the lookout ) with low ceilings, so be careful. beware of monkeys separate of the palace on the western vertex is a National Museum open day by day from 08.30-16.30. price of entry to the museum and associated buildings is 150 Baht. If you don ’ thyroxine want to tackle the initial walk up the mound, there is a cable cable car which costs 50 Baht render or you can buy a combined cable car and museum slate for 200 Baht. Please note that even if you do take the cable car, there is still some legwork required to get to the main pagoda and viewing points.

Royal palace at Phetchaburi

How to get there

Phetchaburi is approximately 1.5 hours south of Bangkok or 1 hour north from Hua Hin. Buses depart from Bangkok ’ s southerly busbar terminal and there are besides frequent mini-bus departures from the Victory Monument area of Bangkok. even buses besides depart from Hua Hin and Cha Am .