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April 02nd, 2011

Study Trip - A VISIT TO PHRA RACHA WANG DERM

Study Trip - A VISIT TO PHRA RACHA WANG DERM0

The Siam Society Under the Royal Patronage

A Study Trip

A VISIT TO

PHRA RACHA WANG DERM

Saturday, 2 April 2011

(07:30 a.m. - 02:30 p.m.)

Contact:  Khun Prasert or Khun Ekkarin

Tel.0-2661-6470-7 Fax. 0-2258-3491

or e-mail: ekkarin@siam-society.org


Leader: Khun Jane Puranananda,

Consultant for The James H W Thompson Foundation

 

Phra Racha Wang Derm or Thon Buri Palace is the only palace built by King Taksin the great in 1768. It was built on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River near the old Wichayen Fort which was later renamed Wichaiprasit Fort to the canal north of Arun Rajawararam temple (Nakornban Canal) and included Wat Chaeng (Arun Rajawararam Temple) and Wat Tai Talad (Wat Molee Lokayaram) within its borders. Later, when King Rama I ascended the throne, the capital was moved to the east bank of the Chao Phraya River, and a new royal palace was constructed. Thon Buri Palace became known as Phra Racha Wang Derm (the original palace). King Rama I reduced the area of the palace by excluding the two temples from the palace grounds. Because of its strategic location, the King placed important royal family members in Phra Racha Wang Derm. This practice continued until King Rama V. Three Kings were born at Phra Racha Wang Derm during the reign of King Rama I, all of them sons of King Rama II (King Rama III, King Rama IV, and King Pinklao) who at the time held the title of Prince Khrom Luang Isara Sunthorn.

When Prince Chakrapadipongse, the last occupant, passed away, King Rama V graciously bestowed the palace to the Royal Thai Navy to be used as the site of the Naval Academy. Specific instructions were given to preserve ancient sites such as the Throne Hall, King Pinklao's residence, King Taksin's Shrine and the Whale Head Shrine. The Naval Academy remained at Phra Racha Wang Derm until 1944 when it was moved to Sattahip and Kledkaew. Then it was moved to its current location at Samutprakarn in 1952. The Academy building, which was originally built in western style, was remodeled into a Thai style and has housed the Royal Thai Navy Headquarters up to the present.

Phra Racha Wang Derm was among the winners of the ‘Award of Merit’ for UNESCO’s Asia Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation in 2004.

Phra Racha Wang Derm was among the winners of the ‘Award of Merit’ for UNESCO’s Asia Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation in 2004.

During the visit participants will learn more about Phra Racha Wang Derm and visit the historical buildings inside the Palace i.g. The Throne Hall, Two Chinese-Style Residents, etc. And also walk to Wichaiprasit Fort. The study tip will be held on Saturday, 2 April 2011The group will meet at the lobby of Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok (89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road, Bangrak, Bangkok) at 07:30 a.m. and proceed to Phra Racha Wang Derm by the ferry boat. During the morning we will visit Phra Racha Wang Derm. Then, proceed back to Shangri-La Hotel by the ferry boat for Dim sum lunch at Shang Palace Restaurant, Shangri-La Hotel. The trip will end after lunch at approx.  02:30 p.m.

The group will meet at the lobby of Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok (89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road, Bangrak, Bangkok) at 07:30 a.m. and proceed to Phra Racha Wang Derm by the ferry boat. During the morning we will visit Phra Racha Wang Derm. Then, proceed back to Shangri-La Hotel by the ferry boat for Dim sum lunch at Shang Palace Restaurant, Shangri-La Hotel. The trip will end after lunch at approx. 02:30 p.m.
 
A contribution of Bt. 1,850
(Bt. 2,050 for non-members) is solicited to cover the cost of transportation (a round trip ferry boat), Dim sum lunch at Shang Palace Restaurant, Shangri-La Hotel, entrance fees to the Palace and other arrangements to make this trip possible.
For Thai nationality, please submit a clear photocopy of ID card. For non-Thai nationality, please submit a clear photocopy of passport accompany the booking.
 
Appropriate attire is required. Shorts, sleeveless and slippers are not allowed.
Ladies please wear skirt or Thai style sarong.
 
Please book your place as soon as possible. For further information and bookings please contact Khun Prasert or Khun Ekkarin Tel.0-2661-6470-7 Fax. 0-2258-3491 or e-mail: ekkarin@siam-society.org. The Society office is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.