Palace sights in Bangkok
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West of the Victory Monument roundabout, Phayathai Palace was built by Rama V in 1909 as a cottage for retreats into what was then the country. The surviving throne hall, encased in French glass doors and a fanciful tiered roof, is now part of a hospital complex and is open to the public. Note the limited hours; tours are conducted at 9.30am and 1.30pm on Saturday. The grounds are open at other times. There isn’t much in the way of tourist displays, but it’s worth a visit to survey the architecture of the buildings and escape the sightseeing masses.