Mrigadayavan Palace is a former royal residence and tourist attraction which one of palace allowed people to visit. The Palace is known as Love and Hope Palace where is telling about Royal love story.
The Palace is located on the coast of Cha-Am beach facing and along the sea in Cha-Am district, Phetchaburi Province. Approximate 190 kilometers from the center of Bangkok.
The History of The Palace
Mrigadayavan Palace was built by King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) that to be his summer palace for getaway, his intention was to create a house using minimal funding and looks simple. The construction of this beautiful beachfront palace was built in 1923 and finished in 1924.
The name of the Palace ‘Mrigadayavan’ which means the land of deer because This place have animals around the palace especially deer. therefore, the king announced this palace would be an animal sanctuary.
The Palace is known as the palace of love and hope. For hope when Queen Indrasakdi Sachi was pregnant the king came to the palace with his queen for getaway in . And this news making the King Vajiravudh extremely happy with a much anticipated heir. The king took great care of her throughout her pregnancy. Regrettably, the queen miscarried 2 or 3 times during her queenship. The incident has created condolences to Rama VI as much, all hope was on the breakup.
After that, King Vajiravudh came to Mrigadayavan Palace with the Queen Suwattana again between 12 April to 20 June 1925. And this time he came to the palace with love and hope for the last time. One came to bid farewell to the palace where his true love. When he returned to the capital and then some time later, about 5 months King Vajiravudh finally got a daughter just one day before he passed away.
After the end of King Rama VI era, the palace was deserted for about forty years. until 1965 King Bhumibol, ordered the palace to be renovated. It took eleven years to renovate and restore the palace to its former glory.
What about the palace architecture?
The palace was built with the aim to match the landscape and climate from materials from materials of the old residence at the nearby Chao Samran Beach. The high ceilings of the building made of reinforced concrete to be strong and wind resistant.
Mrigadayavan Palace designed by King Vajiravudh himself and overseen by Italian architect Ercole Manfredi (an Italian architect) who worked in the Civil Works Department.
The palace consists 16 buildings are made of golden teak wood in Thai-Victorian style raised by a total of 1080 concrete pillars, all of which have small spaces filled with water to prevent insects from invading the upper wooden part of the palace and linked together by a series of walkways. The architectural style is completely different from that of other Thai Palaces because Mrigadayavan Palace was built to suit the terrain and climate truly adapt to the tropical climate of Thailand as well .
The Palace is divided into 3 groups and all groups are connecting throughout by verandas on stilts.
First groups : Samut Phiman, served as the residence for Queen Indrasakdi Sachi as well as her sister and their entourage. The buildings constitutes the inner court of the palace where men except the king were forbidden to enter. That place including a dining pavillon as well as a beach pavillon, a big building with bedrooms, dressing rooms, living room, work room and bathrooms.
Second groups : Phisan Sakon, this group was used as the king’s personal residence. It consists of a Royal Suite which includes an office, a bedroom, a dressing room, a bathroom and a dining room. In the king’s office room has only a desk and chair which used by the king who loved to sit and compose his poetical works at night. In the bedroom, there stands a four-post bed with a white canopy.
Thirds groups : Samoson Sewakamat, this section used for the front court. It consists the official audience hall, a theater and an office for the Royal Aide-de-Camp General and a room for night duty chamberlains.
All the buildings with highly elevated floors, high ceilings and fretwork on all the walls for receive the fresh sea breeze, good ventilation. The niches filled with water in the pillars to keep out ants and along the walls connecting to the ground.
When Mrigadayavan Palace is open?
The Palace is open daily except Wednesday including public holidays, from 08.30 a.m. to 16.30 p.m. Admission fee 30 baht for adult and 15 baht for children. The palace is quite big if you would not like to walk, you can ride a bicycle to explore surrounding the palace and mangrove nature trail for 20 baht.
There is a strict dress code for visiting Mrigadayavan Palace. Visitors must be properly dressed before being allowed entry to the palace. Visitors are not permitted to wear short pants or short skirts and sleeveless shirts. If you show up at the front gate improperly dressed, there is a booth near the entry that can provide clothes to cover you up properly (Sarongs and Shirts are available to borrow). You must leave your passport or id card and 200 baht as security.
And no shoes are allowed, you can only wearing shoes in the Palace grounds. Please take off your shoes when you go inside upstairs of the palace building, you can put your shoes at the front. At the front they have bags for put your shoes in, So please carry this bags with you until you exit the upper floor.
For take photos upstairs inside the Palace building DSLR camera is not allowed.
How to go
- By Car : From Cha-Am, Phetchaburi Province. Take Phet Kasem Road, through the intersection of The Regent Chaam Beach Resort until 216 kilometers stone. After that, you will see entrance King Rama VI Army Camp on your left. Drive follow this road 3 kilometers, Mrigadayavan Palace is facing and along the sea.