16 Rajvithi Rd. Dusit Bangkok.10300
Tel. 02-628-6300, 02-281-5454, 02-628-6054
- Ticket Booth 09.00 a.m. – 3.15p.m.
- Open Hours 09.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. from Tuesday – Sunday
- Closed on Mondays, January 1st (New’s Year Day), April 13th-15th (Songkran Days), October 23rd (King Chulalongkorn’s Memorial Day), December 10th (Constitution Day) and December 31st (New’s Year Eve)
Routes to Vimanmek
From Victory Monument by Rajavithi Road
By Personal Car or Buses No. 18, 28 ,108 Air Buses No. 515, 539, 542 pass Phra Mongkut Hospital Tuk Chai Junction Chitralada Palace Dusit Zoo U –Thong Nai Junction Drive Straight about 300 Metres Main Gate at Rajavithi Rd. on your left
From Sanam Luang and The Grand Palace
By Personal Car or Bus No. 70, pass the Temple of the Emerald Buddha City Pillar Shrine , turn left on ajadumnoen Nai , Rajadumnoen Klang , Rajadumnoen Nok Avenues Royal Plaza , The Equestrian Statue of King Rama 5 ,pass U- Thong Nai Rd. go around Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall Dusit Zoo on your right (arrive at the Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall Gate on your left ,The Entrance to Vimanmek. )
Important Information For Visiting
• Please dress in proper attire
Proper attire is required for visiting the mansion and dependent buildings in the Royal Grounds.If you dress inappropriately and want to visit , clothing is available for sale - Thai skirt cost 50 ฿ and 100 ฿ / piece
- T-shirt cost 100 ฿ / piece
• Deposit belongings in lockers except small wallets and purses
Your valuables will be safe , If you leave them in our standard locker service coin locker before entering the mansion.Please keep jewellery and passport on your person. Small size 20 ฿ and Large size 30 ฿
In dependent buildings , we have free locker service.
• Please take off your shoes
• Please don’t touch exhibits
• Please speak in a low vice
• Photography is Forbidden inside the Buildings
• Please don’t use tripods for taking photos
• Guided Tours : 4 Groups / Day (Only Vimanmek Mansion)
Thai Language : 10.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m.
English Language : 11.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m.
Upon his return from Europe in 1897. HM King Chulalongkorn (Rama V 1868-1910) used his personal money to purchase orchards and paddy fields between Padung Krungkasem Canal and Samsen Canal for the construction of a royal garden which he named “the Dusit Garden.”
The first permanent residence in Dusit Garden was Vimanmek Mansion, built in 1900 by royal command of HM King Rama V. The King had the Mundhat Ratanaroj Mansion Chudhadhuj Palace at Koh Sri Chang. Chonburi, dismantled and rebuilt in the Dusit Garden under the supervision of HRH Prince Narisra Nuwadtiwongse. The celebration for the completion of Vimanmek Mansion was held on March 27, 1901. HM King Rama V then moved from the Grand Palace to stay permanently at Vimanmek Mansion for five years until the completion of Ambara Villa in 1906 where he live until his demise in 1910. Vimanmek mansion was then closed down and members of the royal family returned to the Grand Palace. Near the end of HM King Rama VI (1910-1925)’s reign, he gave permission to Queen Consort Indrasakdi Sachi to stay at Vimanmek Mansion. After the King’s death, she moved to stay another residence in Suan Hong compound, north of Vimanmek Mansion, and the mansion was closed.
HM King Rama VII (1925-1934) renovated the mansion several times. In 1932, Vimanmek mansion was used only a storage place of the Bureau of the Royal Household.
In 1982, on the auspicious occasion of the Bicentennial Anniversary of Bangkok, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, who had discovered that Vimanmek Mansion; with its elaborate architectural style was still intact, asked permission of His Majesty the King (Rama IX) to renovate the mansion for use as a museum to commemorate HM King Rama V by displaying his photographs, personal art and handicrafts, and to serve as a showcase of the Thai national heritage for future generations.
Vimanmek mansion is the world’s largest golden teakwood mansion with its elaborate architectural style reflecting a western influence. The building has two right-angled wings, each wing is 60 meters length and 20 meters height, and is three-storey except for the part where HM King Rama V resided, which is octagonal and four-storey. Although the ground floor is brick and cement, the upper floors are built of beautiful golden teakwood. Altogether, there are 31 exhibition rooms, with the bedroom, the throne room bathroom and pink rooms maintaining the atmosphere of the Thai past. Some display the exhibitions of Thai art including silverware, ceramics, crystal ware and ivory.
Besides Vimanmek mansion and Ambara villa in the compound of Dusit Garden (or Dusit Palace as it was later renamed by HM King Rama VI), HM King Rama V allocated plots of land for the construction of residences for his consort princesses, and younger sisters. He also named gardens, canals, gates and roads after the ancient Chinese ceramics (commonly called “Khrueng Kim Tung”), which were very popular at the time. Now, dependent buildings are also open and shown art objects.