Since the 17th century, there has been a summer place of the kings on the island Bang Pa In in a river, 50 km north of Bangkok, but it became less important when the royal household moved to Bangkok.
Later on, when the river was served by steamships, palaces were built here once again, although this time more influenced by European style. The small water pavilion shown here in the middle of the pond was built in traditional Thai style, however, with its Siamese roof and pointed turret and ensured that the king enjoyed a contemplative stay. Today, most of the buildings are open to the public and are a popular tourist attraction.