The coastal town of Hua Hin in Thailand is home to several historical landmarks and attractions that draw tourists from all over the world. One such attraction is the Maruekatayawan Palace, also known as the Palace of Love and Hope.
Photo: Beautyful location by the sea.
Built in the early 1920s as a summer residence for King Rama VI, the palace is known for its unique architectural design and stunning beachfront location. In this article, we'll take a closer look at the history of the palace, how to get there, and what you can expect to see when you visit.
History of Maruekatayawan Palace
King Rama VI, also known as King Vajiravudh, was the sixth monarch of the Chakri dynasty and ruled Thailand from 1910 to 1925.
He was a highly educated king who studied at Oxford University and was known for his progressive reforms and modernization efforts in the country. However, the King suffered from a respiratory condition that made it difficult for him to breathe in the hot and humid climate of Bangkok.
Photo: Stunning teak construction and arcitecture.
In 1923, King Rama VI commissioned the Maruekatayawan Palace to serve as a summer residence. He chose the location in Hua Hin because of its cool sea breeze and proximity to the royal railway station.
The King wanted a palace that was located near the sea and surrounded by trees, and he entrusted the design of the palace to Italian architect Ercole Manfredi.
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Manfredi incorporated elements of traditional Thai architecture and European Art Nouveau style in his design of the palace.
The palace features 16 teakwood buildings that are connected by covered walkways and surrounded by lush gardens.
Photo: Historically the palace has been used as residence for the Royal family.
The buildings are elevated on stilts to protect them from flooding during the monsoon season. The palace was completed in 1924 and was named Maruekatayawan, which means "abode of love and hope."
King Rama VI used the palace as a summer residence until his death in 1925. After that, it was occasionally used by other members of the royal family for short stays.
During World War II, the palace was occupied by the Japanese army, and some of the buildings were damaged. After the war, the palace was renovated and restored to its original condition.
Photo: In sun or Rain there is always access to the beach.
In 1965, the palace was opened to the public and became a popular tourist attraction.
In 1980, the Thai government declared the palace a national heritage site, and it is now managed by the Fine Arts Department of Thailand.
Photo: One can only dream about a sleep over here..
When to visit..
The Maruekatayawan Palace is open for public visits every day from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, with the last entry at 4:00 PM.
The palace is closed on national holidays, so it's important to check the official website or call ahead to confirm the opening hours before planning your visit.