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Royal Palace Monuments Ayutthaya

Sanphet Palace as reconstructed at Muang Boron

  • The Ruins of the Royal Palace (1350 A.D.)  King Ramathibodi I (U Thong) founded the city of Ayutthaya in 1350 A.D. and had a royal palace built  at the site of what is now the Wat Phra Si Sanphet. In 1448 A.D. King Borommatrailokanat donated these original palace grounds for the building of the wat, and moved the palace further north, near the Lopburi River. 
  • The central part of the palace was composed of three halls or throne rooms, where 16 kings lived for the next 182 years. King Prasathong extended the palace to connect it with the Wat Phra Si Sanphet, and had two more royal halls constructed.
  • By the later stages of the Ayutthaya era, there were six halls making up the royal palace, and for the next 137 years, ten more kings lived here until the Burmese invaded the capital in 1767 A.D.
  • Today, only the ruins of some of these buildings are left, mostly the bases but some have undergone restoration by the Fine Arts Department. The laterite walls and base of the Chakrawat Paichayont throne hall can be seen, with some high relief mythological stucco decoration. Some of the other throne halls and royal residences were built of wood, so there is no trace of their existence.
  • In 1908, King Chulalongkorn had constructed the Tri Muk Pavilion on the ruins of the base of the Tri Muk throne hall, to serve as a venue for a ceremony held to commemorate the kings of Ayutthaya.