Phayathai Palace is located near the famous Victory Monument. If you don’t look for it carefully, or if you don’t have the enthusiastic guidance of the locals, you may not easily see it.
Phayathai Palace was built in 1909 during the reign of King Rama V. After the completion, due to the death of King V, King VI was crowned and ordered Queen Sapova to stay in Phayathai Palace with him. In 1920, Queen Shabova died unfortunately. King VI began to rectify the structure of the Phayathai Palace, leaving three or two halls to continue to use. Later, King VI decided to move into the Grand Palace and Phayathai Palace ceased to be his residence. During the succession of King Rama VII of Thailand, he ordered that Phayathai Palace be transformed into an international hotel to be the accommodation of politicians and celebrities from all walks of life.
A few years later, Phayathai Palace became the site of Thailand’s first radio station. With the passage of time and the changes of the contemporary new government, the palace was subsequently belonged to the Royal Army and transformed into a clinic which is named Phramongkutklao. Now, Phayathai Palace is open to the people.
Entering the main hall, you will find that it is a calm dark wooden construction. The second floor is currently closed, and there will be a notice on the stairs to tell you that you cannot go upstairs. If you are not sure about the permission or not, you need to ask the staff there. The interior is relatively old, and the European-style plaster portraits of children have been somewhat broken. Following the dark tone of the interior, you may feel strange and horrified from time to time.
There are gardens, pools, and fountains outside the main hall. All installations including portraits, columns, patterns, layout and symmetry are built in European style. In addition, it is worth mentioning that the coffee house in front of the main hall is also the first coffee house in Thailand. It used to provide royal leisure exchange for King Rama VI.
Phayathai Palace Address: 315 Ratchawithi Rd, Khwaeng Thung Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400
Price: No need to buy tickets
Opening hours: 08:30-19:00 from Monday to Friday, 09:30-13:30 on Saturday and Sunday
Transportation: Take the light rail to Victory Monument Station, go out from Exit 3, walk about 800 meters or change to a motorcycle to Phramongkutklao Hospital