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This is the Saphakan Ratchaprayun (Assembly hall for Royal relatives) of the Bang Pa In summer palace compound. As its name implies, this colonial-style two-storey structure was built in 1879 for King Chulalongkorn's brothers and their suites.

The Palace is near the old capitol of Ayutthaya about 60km north of Bangkok. Although royal residencies from the island are known from at least the 1632, the present-day royal palace dates from the reign of King Chulalongkorn (1868-1910), when most of the buildings standing today were constructed between 1872-1889. the building styles within the palace compound reflect the King’s interest in architecture with European, Chines and Thai styles all being represented.

Today the palace is used occasionally by Their Majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) and Queen Sirikit as a residence and for holding receptions and banquets.

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