Discover the Suan Pakkad Palace Museum in Bangkok

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Discover the Suan Pakkad Palace Museum in Bangkok

Suan Pakkad Palace Museum, translating to “Cabbage Garden,” is a must-visit spot in Bangkok. This beautiful traditional Thai palace contrasts sharply with its bustling surroundings. Nestled between a busy avenue, a highway overpass, and the Airport Rail Link, the palace offers a peaceful retreat.

Suan Pakkad Palace

History and Significance of Suan Pakkad Palace Museum

Once the residence of Prince Chumbhot Paribatra and his wife, Pantip Paribatra, the palace grounds feature eight traditional Thai houses and a Lacquer Pavilion. These houses were brought together in 1952 from various locations to create a unique cultural and historical site. Initially meant as a residence, the couple soon transformed it into a space for entertaining guests and showcasing the prince’s collection of art and artifacts.

Peaceful Garden at Suan PakkadExquisite Thai HousesSuan Pakkad Palace Museum

Exquisite Thai Houses

Explore the Eight Traditional Thai Houses

The first house features the Prince’s music room with traditional instruments like drums, xylophones, gongs, and three-string violins. The second house, dubbed the “Ali Baba Cave” by the Prince, displays a variety of precious stones and minerals. The third house showcases Chinese porcelain and royal items, while the fourth contains a collection of statues from different periods. The fifth house has an eclectic collection of shells and fossils, and the sixth is dedicated to Khon, the traditional Thai masked dance. The seventh house exhibits ceramics, Khmer pottery, and terracotta items. The final house displays household art pieces, crystal, and porcelain.

Intricate Thai DecorationsBeautiful Lacquer Pavilion

Suan Pakkad and its quiet garden

The Stunning Lacquer Pavilion

Among the eight houses, the Lacquer Pavilion stands out as a stunning example of traditional Thai architecture. Originally situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River within a temple, it was reconstructed and restored in 1959. Inside, visitors can admire exquisite gold-on-black lacquer murals depicting scenes from the Buddha’s life and the Ramayana epic.

The Suan Pakkad Palace can be toured in about an hour, but visitors are encouraged to take their time to fully appreciate its unique collections and tranquil environment. The staff, some of whom speak english and french, are very professional and informative.

Historic Thai StructuresTraditional Thai Artifacts

Suan Pakkad's Elegant Window

Practical Information for Suan Pakkad Palace Museum:

  • Address: 352 Thanon Si Ayutthaya, Thanon Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400 - Map here
  • Opening Hours: Daily from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • How to Get There: BTS Phaya Thai Station, exit 4 (300 meters from BTS) Bus numbers: 14, 17, 72, 74, 77, 159, 164, 204, 536, 539
  • Official Website: Suan Pakkad Palace Museum

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The Platinum Fashionmall

Open: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday; 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Map here
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The Museum garden with the BTS line overlooking it

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