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Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
December 1, 2008
From journal Loose Change
July 27, 2008
From journal Two Weeks in Thailand
Ryde, United Kingdom
December 13, 2005
From journal Bangkok and Phuket
New Delhi, India
November 26, 2002
Down to what there is to see at Vimanmek: right at the beginning is the Palace Museum, a modest-sized collection which is nevertheless interesting enough- it has some stunning artefacts crafted from gold and silver, nielloware, beetleware (this is something I hadn’t seen before: little statuettes- of peacocks, roosters, other colourful birds, etc- all decorated with the bright blue-green chitinous covering of a local beetle); ceramics, basketry, Thai silk, and stuff like that- very good.
The Vimanmek Palace (built in 1901 by King Rama V) can only be seen as part of a guided tour group. The mansion is interesting enough, historic and fairly imposing, but the guides- if the one who led our group was anything to go by- are abysmal. Barring the fact that his English left a lot to be desired, he seemed to have memorised the script so thoroughly that just one question would throw him totally offtrack).
Anyway, more about the mansion itself: as I’d mentioned, Vimanmek is the world’s largest golden teak building, constructed just over 100 years ago in a Thai-European (more European, really) style, without using a single nail. It has 72 rooms, of which less than half are open to visitors. These include bathrooms, bedrooms, staterooms, libraries, and more all of them still furnished with original upholstery, furniture and fittings used by the former royal families of Thailand. Among the many treasures are a huge collection of photographs and paintings of various kings, queens, princesses, princes, etc; clothing, jewellery, books, weapons, typewriters, musical instruments and other objects owned by them- including carriages, the world’s largest blue topaz; a chamberpot used by King Rama V (!) and more.
All fairly interesting, including the unrepaired hole in the roof (well, partly unrepaired) caused by a Japanese bombing in World War II- the Thais believe that the benevolent wraith of King Rama V protected Vimanmek from complete destruction!
From journal City of Angels- Fallen and Otherwise
San Francisco, California
May 27, 2002
From journal Bangkok And Beyond
March 19, 2002
If you go to the Grand Palace you will receive a free admission to the mansion. Otherwise it is a separate admission of $2. Hours are 9:00-4:00. More info 662 281-1569.
From journal Bewildered in Bangkok