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Palace of Love & Hope was built in 1923 as a summer palace of His Majesty King Vajiravudh, Rama VI. King Rama VI made the first designs of the palace himself. He assured good ventilation with high ceilings and fretwork on all walls. Building the entire structure on stilts ensured the ground could be kept clean. Ants were controlled by niches for water around each concrete pillar and along the plaster walls that connect to the ground. Bringing all his ideas together, His Majesty chose an Italian architect, Ercole Manfredi, who worked in the Civil Works Department to make the final architectural drawings.
The palace consists of three groups of building. All buildings are one story high, built of golden teak, and stand on a total of 1,080 concrete pillars. Covered wooden corridors connect all the buildings.
King Vajiravudh was able to spend only 2 summers, in 1924 and 1925 in this Palace. Then he passed away on November 25, 1925.
Information source here: Hua Hin Travel
There are no public cab services available in Hua Hin. Our hotel concierge gave us this private charter (Toyota Vios) contact instead. Our driver is a very kind lady and she charged us 600 baht (RM 60) for a round trip to Marukathaiyawan Palace from Hua Hin. We were given about 1.5 hours to roam the compound while she waited for us.
Admission is baht 30 for ground level visit and another baht 30 for level one visit. It is recommended to purchase both tickets as there are so much to see at both levels! It’s also a quiet place to spend a few hours and to take some pictures (except for level one, strictly no photograph is allowed).
One can also rent a bike to tour the park and the mangrove swamps area.
Decent clothing is required to visit the site and we came totally unprepared. Hence, the workers at the entrance area wrapped us up. :p
The palace compound is very well maintained. We enjoyed the surrounding scenery and the building architecture so much! Elevated teak walkways and airy rooms provide a beautiful view of the beach and Gulf of Thailand. Let’s enjoy the pictures shall we?
Monday- Friday from 8.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
Weekend and Public Holidays from 8.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.