This gorgeous park opposite the Grand Palace is steeped in history and full of Victorian, traditional Thai, and Chinese-style architecture. It was originally built as a palace in 1866, and was later the residence of King Vajiravudh. In 1960 it became a public park.
Shady, green paths lined with frangipani trees wind through the grounds. Botany classes are held in the former glass-walled conservatory. The Chao Mae Takhien Diety shrine is a three-story Chinese style octagon shrine to the spirit of the Takhien tree built during the reign of King Vajiravudh. In the center of the park is a monument to Queen Sunanda Kumariratana and her daughter Princess Kannabhorn Benjaratana. They drowned in the Chao Praya River in 1880. At the time commoners were not allowed to touch royalty, so attendants couldn’t save them when they fell in the water. This was the Queen’s favorite garden.
Riverboat: Tien Pier