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Bang Khun Phrom Palace

The Bang Khun Phrom Palace was originally built in 1906 to serve as a residence for the Prince Paribatra Sukhumbhand. In 1993 the Bank of Thailand rented out the space, which it currently uses as a Museum.

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During the start of the 20th century King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) ordered for the construction of the Bang Khun Phrom Palace. This Palace was completed in 1906
with a European stylized architecture that was set along the Chao Phraya River. The purpose of the construction was to serve as a residence for Prince Paribatra Sukhumbhand. This Palace consists of three buildings, the main mansion (Tamnak Yai), the Tamnak Somdej building, and the Tamnak Ho Residential Hall. Different architects designed each of the three buildings, which is why each one has its own unique architectural style. 

The time frame during which the Palace was built ultimately influenced its architecture. During the 20th century Europe was going through a series of changes within its Industrial Revolution. This led to the discovery of new materials, which ultimately had an influence on new movements concerning design and construction techniques. Due to the globalization that was already unfolding during this era, the origins of the Bang Khun Phrom Palace were also affected by these changes. A European influence can be seen through the incorporation of bricks, tiled roof, and concrete walls within the construction of the Palace. Further evidence of the European architectural influence and its baroque style (detail
that produces grandeur in architecture) is observed through the fine stucco designs within the main mansion. 

The Prince and his bride lived in the elegant palace grounds until 1932, when they went into exile and fled to Indonesia. This is the historic date that marked the overthrowing of the absolute monarchy. The Palace was therefore left uninhabited and was used for several purposes. In 1993 the finance ministry got a hold of the Palace, ultimately renting out the site for the Bank of Thailand. The Bank currently uses the Palace as a museum, where it showcases the history of Thai currency and the general history of money within Southeast Asia.

Visitors that attend will see many different types of coins and bank notes as they stroll in the ambiance of a beautifully designed building, inside and out. This museum is open Monday
through Friday, from 9:00AM until 4:00PM, but is closed during the holidays.
It is advised to dress appropriately and avoid wearing tank tops. Additionally, guests will be asked to present some type of picture identification, which they will leave at the front desk until the end of the trip. Visitors will be glad to know that the admission is free, providing an inexpensive way to learn about Thai and Southeast Asia history.


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