2 Jul 2013

Bangkok, city of palaces: Suan Pakkad

The idea was to visit Vimanmek Mansion and other palaces that are in the Dusit area, in central Bangkok, near Victory Monument. We walked along the sunny road towards the entrance of the complex in high spirits, because we had a free Monday ahead to enjoy our free time visiting new places in the city.

Red avenue, GH3 + Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm

However, we were not aware that the whole Dusit Complex is closed to visitors on Mondays, so, with a rather disappointed face, we walked back to Victory Monument while thinking of another option to visit not far from there. Oh! But before leaving, at least we could see some of the buildings of the big complex from the street outside!

 Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, GH3 + Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm

Finally, after we discarded some not very exciting options, like revisiting places we had seen not long ago, going to a mall, or simply going back home, we remembered there was a small palace not far from there that we had long wanted to visit but never found the time to do so. Well, we had plenty of time now, so we finally gave it a chance. Welcome to Suan Pakkad Palace.

Suan Pakkad Garden, GH3 + Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm

Hidden between the high-rise buildings around it, former royal residence Suan Pakkad Palace remains unnoticed behind a thick concrete wall, and there are not many tourists (or even locals) who visit it. Today, in a quiet Monday afternoon, the palace stayed mostly empty and, apart from us, we could only spot a few other people, therefore we could stroll around at our own pace, enjoying this beautiful gem without any disturbance, paying attention to every small detail.

Afternoon green, GH3 + Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm

The roof, GH3 + Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm

Walking in almost total silence in the wooden corridors of the beautiful, Thai style mansions of the palace has been a really beautiful experience; we were even talking in whispers amongst ourselves, as if silence belonged here and we should not interrupt it. The atmosphere was peaceful and meditative, and one felt like he could just sit down beside one of the arched windows, and contemplate the green foliage outside for hours. And that's precisely what we did...

 Window over the garden I, GH3 + Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm

Window over the garden II, GH3 + Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm

 Window over the garden III, GH3 + Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm

Window over the garden IV, GH3 + Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm

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