King Chulalongkorn of Thailand got the idea of having a royal residence which included a spacious garden on the outskirts of the capital of Bangkok from the early European monarchs during his trip to the European mainland in 1897. When King Chulalongkorn returned to Thailand he began to built a new royal compound which was well within walking distance from the Grand Palace in Bangkok.
King Chulalongkorn began first by acquiring several tracks of farmland and orchards between the areas of Padung Krung Kasem and the Samsen canals in Bangkok from funds of his Privy Purse. The king then also decided to name this area Suan Dusit meaning ‘Celestial Garden’. This area of Bangkok has many attractions for the average tourist to Thailand. The first building began and apart from the Prince all other members of the team were Europeans from Germany. When it became clear that Chulalongkorn preferred to stay within the garden, with only occasional visits to the Grand Palace for state and royal ceremonies, the name was changed to Wang Dusit meaning ‘Celestial Dwelling”.
The Dusit Palace is located close to the King Rama V Statue in the area as well as Rajavithi Hospital and the Dusit Zoo. The Palace is well worth a visit while in Bangkok Thailand.
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