via Thai PBS, 03 February 2024: Chankasem Palace, a 16th-century royal residence in Ayutthaya, offers a unique “Night at the Palace” event, allowing visitors to explore its rich history and architecture after sunset. This special experience, enhanced by guided tours from the Fine Arts Department, brings to life the stories of its historical inhabitants and its role in Thailand’s cinematic and royal past.
Chankasem Palace, whose origins date back to 1577, served as the regal abode for Prince Naresuan during his visits from Phitsanulok to pay respect to his father in Ayutthaya. It played a pivotal role as King Naresuan’s command centre during the Burmese–Siamese War in 1568, adding layers of historical significance to its ancient walls.
The fate of Ayutthaya took a tragic turn in 1767 when invaders ransacked the city, leaving Chankasem Palace in ruins. The once-majestic structure lay abandoned until the reign of King Rama IV of the Rattanakosin dynasty, who, recognizing its historical importance, ordered its meticulous restoration. Today, Chankasem is a palace museum, attracting day visitors keen on exploring its heritage buildings and royal legacy.
Source: A Royal Abode by Night