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Timings : Thursday - Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Time Required : 1-2 hrs

Entry Fee : THB 30 per person

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Mrigadayavan Palace, Hua Hin Overview

Easily located in the town of Hua Hin in Cha-am of Phetchaburi Province, the Mrigadayavan Palace is the former summer residence of King Vajiravudh or King Rama VI of Thailand. The sea facing palace is encircled by well-manicured gardens around stilted pathways. One can walk around and admire the architecture of the palace even when it's on a refurbishing tenure as of now.

Mrigadayavan Palace is set along a beach somewhere between Chao Samran Beach and Hua Hin. The erstwhile residence of King Vajiravudh aka King Rama VI who ruled Siam from 1910 to 1925 is known for its teak based architecture, airy walkways leading to royal suites and rooms. The grand palace is a little less palatial in its simple design but has artistic carvings.

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Architecture of Mrigadayavan Palace

The design of the palace was commissioned by an Italian architect. The design has a prime connecting wooden corridor that links sixteen teak structures raised on concrete pillars. The Mrigadayavan Palace covers 399 meters of length and is installed with twenty-two staircases that lead to the private quarters. The Palace is majorly classified into three important buildings which are further dissected into sixteen small buildings -

Samosorn Sevakamart:
As the name ‘Samosorn’ literally means assembly and Sevakamart stands for 'royal officials.' This building served as a guest reception room, meeting hall for the royal officials, ritual room, sometimes theatre and as a badminton court as well. The main hall is rectangular and has a high ceiling that is embellished with vivid coffers and huge chandeliers with open verandas. Each corner of the hall is appointed with a dressing room as the hall also served as a theatre. The entrance marks a striking circular staircase which was used by the king to access his quarters after the plays were concluded. The right side of the staircase was used to reach the second floor and the left was to come down.

The Throne Hall of Mrigadayavan Palace
The Throne Hall
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Samutphiman Group of Buildings (Men's Quarters): Samutphiman Quarter was king’s private quarter which is located right next to the audience hall. The name Samutphiman literally stands for 'home in the ocean' and is further divided into several small buildings.

Beach Pavilion, Mrigadayavan Palace
The Beach Pavilion
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Pisansakorn Group of Buildings (Ladies’ Quarters): The long corridor going south of King’s Bath pavilion leads to the Pisansakorn group of buildings, originally known as the ladies’ quarters. Solely constructed for Queen Indrasakdisaji and ladies in the palace, no men were allowed except young lad aged under twelve of the royal family and the king himself. The building was divided into several halls and rooms.

Mrigadayavan Palace
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Best Time to Visit

The days in Hua Hin is mostly humid and the climate is tropical. The summer months such as March, April, and May experience the highest humidity and heat in the entire year, hence, these are not considered the ideal months to visit Mrigadayavan Palace, or Hua Hin in particular. The winter months from November to February and the month of August and September are ideal for touring Hua Hin. One can experience showers and drizzles during the monsoon months of August and September.

History

The palace was established as a holiday villa by King Vajiravudh and finished construction in 1924. King Vajiravudh was attacked by rheumatoid arthritis in 1917 when his physician Phraya Phaet Phongsavisuttatibhadi advised him to take some rest at some airy hideaway near seaside. The palace was then constructed along the sea near a beach in Bang Thalu. It was recorded that the first choice for making the palace was Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province but it was already a popular beach destination hence the king commanded the Royal Thai Army to search for the perfect location which they found in Bang Thalu.

The Phetchaburi beach town became his second choice for the palace, from the year 1918 to 1923, the king spent his summers at this palace while it was still getting built completely. The beach next to the new palace was named as Chao Samran beach by the King. Due to several issues such as shortage of fresh water, and the inconvenient mode of travel that took hours to reach made the king change his mind. Then he chose a secluded beach at Huai Sai Nua. This beach is where the Mrigadayavan Palace is located at present.

Tips

1. Remember to carry your passport as the authority at the palace put your passport as a guarantee and return to you at the end of the tour.
2. Dress appropriately. Make sure that you avoid wearing shorts and sleeveless. Cover your shoulders and find pants which are not too short. If for some unthinkable reason, you still find yourself in a dress that will deny you entry then try buying a sarong or a suitable dress from the nearby vendors.
3. Currently, the palace is getting refurbished hence, only the ground floor is open to the public. Make sure you research well before visiting the palace.

How To Reach Mrigadayavan Palace

One can reach Mrigadayavan Palace in a cab from any corner of the town, the palace is a famous attraction in Phetchaburi.

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