Suan Pakkard Palace, Bangkok
The Lacquer Pavilion...a masterpiece of craftsman of the Ayutthaya Period
- Once the residence of Princess Chumbhol of Nagor Svarga, one of Thailand's leading art collectors. The palace complex maintains fine traditional thai houses overlooking a beautiful garden.
- This complex of five traditional Thai houses overlook a beautifully kept garden on Sri Ayutthaya Road. Inside the houses are a fine collections of Asian art and antiques, including an extensive diaplay of Ban Chiang pottery. Open daily except Sundays and public holidays from 9.00 am - 4.00 pm. There is an admission fee of 80 Baht.
- From the outside, the cluster of Thai houses on Sri Ayudhya Road may give an impression of being a mere conservation of Thai art. Infact, it is a storehouse of some of the most valuable collections of antiques, a private museum which provides visittors a glimpse of the treasures of Thailand's rich part.
- Suan Pakkard Palace stands on land originally used to grow Chinese cabbage. To keep the identity of the place, the prince who owned the palace, Prince Nagor Svarga Sakdipinich, better known as Prince Chumbhol of Nagor Svarga, named it "Wang Suan Pakkard" or the palace of Chinese cabbage.
- The five Thai houses composing the palace stand on six rai of land beautifully landscaped with a green lawn, flowering plants and trees, and a pond. Each of the houses display antiques and interesting works of art.
- The five house contains a replica of the Suphannahong Royal Barge, a collection of drums, an old temple door carved from teak, and an old cabinet used to keep Buddhist scriptures, as well as Buddha statues and a statue of the goddess Uma.
- A bridge connects the first to the second house, which serves as a showcase of furniture from the Ayutthaya through the Rattanakosin periods. Among the antiques on display are a bed and a mirror, mother-of-pearl inlaid items, and ivory boxes.
- The third house is a repository of a three-chord classical Thai musical instrument, the saw sam sai, made of ivory, collections of Bencharong porcelain and lacquer ware, a palanquin made of ivory, and tiered royal umbrellas.
- The centerpiece of the fourth house is a block of wood inlaid with mother of pearl. Originally, it was the main door of a temple in Ayutthaya. Here in this house, one finds a prayer room with a large collection of Buddha images from various periods.
- Although the houses serve as repositories of the treasures of the past, they also give visitors a taste of what life is like in a Thai house surrounded by ornamental plants and trees, with a small pavilion by the pond where the late owner, Princess Chumbhol of Nagor Svarga, entertained her guests. The Princess was an ardent collector of antiques, plants, rocks and pottery, not to mention old Thai houses, and her collections of rocks, jars and pottery are scattered decoratively under the house.
- An example of the outstanding architecture during the Ayutthaya Period is the Hor Khien. or Lacquer Pavilion, which stands in all its magnificence on one side of the vast lawn and the biggest collections of Ban Chiang pottery, and they can be found at Suan Pakkard Palace, along with her collections of beads, rings and bracelets.
- As the urban environment deteriorates and the concrete jungle of a city keeps expanding, the Suan Pakkard Palace remainds to exist with the legacies of the past, which provide the present generations of Thais a glimpse of their rich cultural heritage.
Lacquer Pavilion, which stands in all its magnificence on one side of the vast lawn