Catagorize: Historical Sites & Monuments
PhraNakornKiri Historical Park is an ancient historic site of Petchaburi situated on top of 3 mountain peaks. The highest peak is around 95 meters originally called “Kao Samon”. King Rama IV ordered to build a holiday palace for him at this mountain peak. Therefore,Praya Sri Suriyawongse (Chuang Bunnag) was the head of this project until it was finished in 1860 and offered the name “PhraNakornKiri”. However, the villagers were used to the name Kao Wang until now. PhraNakornKiri consisted of throne-hall, palace, temple and many buildings with the combination of western neo-classic and Chinese architectural style.
The 3 mountain peaks consisted of the peak on the east side which is where WatMahasamanaram is located. Inside this temple there are the paintings byKhruaInKhong on the 4 sides of the wall. This is an ancient temple since the Ayuttaya Kingdom. On the peak of this mountain is where WatPrakaew (the temple of PhraNakornKiri) is located. Inside WatPrakaew consists of small ubosot decorated with marbles. At the back, is where the Seth Chedi is located. In front of the ubosot is a square belfry.
The mountain peak in the middle is where Pra Tad ChomPetch with the 40 meters height is located. It is where the Buddha’s relics are at. From this point, the other 2 mountain peaks can also be seen here including the Petchaburi city as well.
The mountain peak on the west side is where the residing palaces are located such as PetchpoomPairote throne-hall, Pramotemahaisawan throne-hall, VechayanVichian castle, Ratchatammaspa throne-hall, ChatchawanWiangchai tower, Pimanpetchmahet tower etc. Around the palace, there are 4 citadels on the 4 directions; TataratCitade on the east, VirunhokBorirak on the south, Virupakpong on the west and Vessuwanraksa on the north.
The Fine Arts Department uses some areas of the west side palace as a museum to collect antiques such as the royal utensils of King Rama IV and King Rama V, bronze statue and brass statue used for decoration, tiles from China, Japan and Europe. This museum is opened daily from 8.30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
PhraNakornKiri Historical Park is opened daily from 8.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with 20 THB fee for Thai and 150 THB for foreigners (museum admission fee included).
The travellers can enter Kao Wang by foot or the tram with 30 THB round-trip for adults and 10 THB round-trip for children. For more information contact 0 3242 5600.