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Daraphirom Palace in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Daraphirom Palace is located on the roadside of Mae Rim-Samoeng highway in the area of Dara Rasmi Border Patrol Police Camp, Mae Rim district. Away from Chiang Mai city along the route 107 next to the Mae Rim district office, there will be a junction on the left to the camp. It was the former residence of Princess Dara Rasmi, one of the royal consorts of King Chulalongkorn Rama V. She is the daughter of King Inthawitchayanon, the 7th king of Chiang Mai and the last king reigning from 1890 to 1900 before Chiang Mai was integrated into a part of Thailand. The palace that was one of the most significant historical buildings in Chiang Mai was constructed by the order of Princess Dara Rasmi between 1927 and 1929.

The building style was influenced by western architecture, half–brick and half-wood. It is a 2-storey building. The first floor used to be an open space, but was later reconstructed for further use. There is a deck on rooftop looking out to the surrounding garden. The internal area was turned into a museum displaying the princess’s possessions, which were kept to be in the same conditions like in the past as much as possible such as the relaxing room that exhibits the crockery, cutlery, personal utensils, musical instruments, etc. Around the building is called “Suan Chao Sabai” where flowers and plants are arranged nicely. Walking in this area gives a real relaxing feeling as its name. In addition to the building of Daraphirom Palace, Chulalongkorn University, which is in charge of the palace, also managed Rasami Thatsana building to be used for exhibition every three months. Besides, it is used to provide training on Lanna arts and culture such as traditional music and lantern making for students and visitors.

Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00 Tuesday – Sunday
Address: Mae Rim Military Base, Rim Tai, Mae Rim, Chiang Mai province
Tel: +66 (0) 53 299175

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