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The Lacquer Pavilion #1 | Suan Pakkad Palace | Bangkok

The Suan Pakkad Palace is the first museum in Thailand where the owner, their Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Chumbhot of Nagara Svarga, decided to convert their private residence, built in the traditional Thai style opened in 1952 , is located on 6 Rai on Sri Ayudhya Road, Bangkok, containing their Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Chumbhot of Nagara Svarga's collection of antiquities, which has been passed down through successive generations. The Suan Pakkad Palace is a combination of fine arts and ancient artifacts from the era of H.R.H. Prince Paribatra Sukhumbandhu, son of His Majesty King Chulalongkorn, Rama V and Her Majesty Queen Sukhumala Marasri.

 

The name Suan Pakkad translates as "Cabbage Patch", but the museum's collection of five traditional pavilions is one of the best examples of traditional domestic architecture in the city.

 

The Lacquer Pavilion, dating back to the 17th-18th century, stands in the main garden. Its former location was in the precincts of the Ban Kling Temple, on the Chao Praya River between Ayudhya and Bang Pa-in. The late Prince Chumbhot received permission from the abbot to move it to his palaces. He built other buildings for the temple in compensation.

 

The outer walls are sculptured on wood and the inner walls are painted in gold on black lacquer. The paintings depict various events from the Lord Buddha above, along with others from the Hindu epic, Ramayana below, also the numerous scenes from daily Thai life, as well as some showing early foreign visitors to Ayudhya. It is the only one in Thailand so this makes the pavilion a very special Thai treasure, indeed.

 

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Taken on February 20, 2012