Phra Thinang Borom Phiman

Built in the western style in 1903 by King Rama V for the Heir Apparent, the future King Rama VI, this mansion was also used at various times as a royal residence by King Rama VII (1925-1935), King Rama VIII (1935-1946), and the present King Rama IX. At present the Borom Phiman Mansion serves as the Royal Guest House for visiting Heads of State and guests of Their Majesties.

When King Mongkut, Rama IV, came to the throne he had a residential complex built on the site of the present Sivalaya garden to the east of the Phra Maha Monthian, the main part of this being given the name of Borom Phiman. Owing to the inferior building material available at the time the buildings had to be dismantled in the reign of the King Chulalongkorn, Rama V, and the name of Borom Phiman given to the new building which the King built for his son and heir a little to the north of the original building of that name. When King Rama VI ascended the throne, he had the new Borom Phiman renovated. Among the innovations was the quadrangular dome over the inner chamber,with frescoes - depicting the Siamese conception of the Vedic gods of India held up as the guardians of the Universe. Starting with Indra on the east side,we come to Yama on the south, then Varuna on the west and finally Agni on the north side.

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