Taken at Bangpain Palace on my trip to Ayutthaya last month. I was amazed with this view knowing that it is a blend of a Dutch(left) and Thai(right) architecture built on 1632.
About the palace
The Royal Palace at Bang Pa-In has a history dating back to the 17th century. According to a chronicle of Ayutthaya, King Prasat Thong (1629-1656) had a palace constructed on Bang Pa-In Island in the Chao Phraya River. A contemporary Dutch merchant, Jeremias van Vliet, reported that King Prasat Thong was an illegitimate son of King Ekathotsarot (1605-1610/11), who in his youth was shipwrecked on that island and had son by a woman who befriended him. The boy grew up to become the Chief Minister. After having usurped the throne, he become known as King Prasat Thong, The King founded a monastery, Wat Chumphon Nikayaram, on the land belonging to his mother on Bang Pa-In Island, and then had a pond dug and a palace built to the south of that monastery. The chronicle records the name of only one building, the Aisawan Thiphaya-Art Royal Residence, which was constructed in 1632, the year of the birth of his son, the future King Narai (1656-1688). It is not known whether or not the palace was in use till the fall of Ayutthaya in 1767. However, by 1807, when the Kingdom's best known poet, Sunthon Phu, sailed past Bang Pa-In, only a memory of the palace remained, for the site was neglected and overgrown.
The palace was revived by King Rama IV of the Chakri dynasty, better known in the West as King Mongkut (1851-1868), who had a temporary residence constructed on the outer island of the Neo-Gothic style monastery, Wat Niwet Thamprawat, which was built by his son and heir, King Chulalongkorn (Rama V).
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dumbo (4541) 2008-04-27 1:42
Hi Albert and welcome to Trek Earth!
This photo is just amazing with excellent composition and beautiful water reflections.
I like a lot the details of that Palace.
Santiano (2867) 2008-04-27 1:43
Welcome on TE!! Its nice to write to you as first (ups... secunde ;).
Very profesional work! We are waiting for more!
Best regards from Poland
oriolm (1142) 2008-04-27 2:12
perfect reflexion that transmits peace!
jonathan_hart (21276) 2008-04-27 2:37
magnificient architecture and reflections, fine sharpness,
macondo (19806) 2008-04-27 3:32
Hi Albert, and welcome to TE.
Great shot to start with.
For once, a white sky doesn't harm this picture, reflected the way it is at the bottom. Very nice composition of the lake and the palace, carefully cropped. Good detail and sharpness. I like the wind-ruffled surface of the lake, and all those arches. Well done. Good note, too.
Anna-- (7791) 2008-04-27 4:45
the place is very interesting, great composition. The reflections are excellent, very good light and colors
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2008-04-27 4:49
Welcome to TE with such a nice photograph. Lovely composition with reflections in the water. A bit too pale colours to me ;).
P.S. Show us phoograps taken by your wife :).
ahmetgedikli (25609) 2008-04-27 5:02
Beautiful architecture. Superb reflections and very good point of view.
Have a nice sunday.
kiwi_explorer (12209) 2008-04-27 5:06
Welcome to TE! What a wonderful initial posting you have here. I like the symmetrical effect created by the reflections. Very good image and color quality. Well composed ... excellent work! tfs and keep on posting.
jhm (159949) 2008-04-27 5:07
Welcome on TE, an pleasant group amateur photographers, where everyone can learn from everyone. Certainly with this very Flemish-Belgian name Albert!
Splendid composition and great reflections, maybe was the blue sky on this day disappear.
Very lovely work for this first one.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice day,
CeccoPhoto (2717) 2008-04-27 5:57
good work here i like the frame.
Welcome to TE first one!
You have shared a good 1° photo, and now we wait the your other ...
paura (47186) 2008-04-27 6:23
The compositon is great showing all those interesting architecture ancient shapes. The reflections on the water surface is also great. Very well done.
trekks (14348) 2008-04-27 7:37
Nice shot of reflection and architecture, well composed view.
salvator (19110) 2008-04-27 7:41
Wellcome to TrekEarth.
Very nicely composed photo, with superb symmetry and wonderful reflections on the water. The sharpness and details look wonderful.
Best regards. Salvator.
gracious (20025) 2008-04-28 1:32
very nice of meeting you and thank you for visiting my gallery, much appreciated!
welcome you to TE for sharing!!
this is a very fine and beautiful composition with good frame!
the image is sharp with good colour and details
the reflection is a big credit towards this composition
very well done
from NZ, Tony
hatti52 (12786) 2008-04-28 1:36
first of all welcome to TE
wonderful sharpness and reflections
may be little bit over light
anyway wonderful image
pablominto (53746) 2008-04-28 4:33
This is a clean, beautiful composition!
The subject itself is a display of beauty, and the sharp fine details in the image do full justice to the architecture...
And this time I'm maybe more impressed by the typical Thai architecture with its golden appearance!
Jackos (3542) 2008-04-28 4:36
Beautiful reflection in the water. Interesting kind of architecture.
mafegan (8626) 2008-04-28 6:39
Welcome to Trekearth - I only joined earlier this month and I find it a most informative website.
Great reflection of Bangpain Palace and very sharp. The frame and also all the notes you have provided are very professional.
Thanks for sharing, Marlene
PSkillz (1327) 2008-04-28 7:09
Mr Albert welcome to trekearth.....great shot...well done keep it on show us some nice things.....greetings Pskillz
AiresSantos (56155) 2008-04-29 1:35
Very nice composition, Albert !
Beautiful reflections and colours. Well framed and done
PS: welcome to Trekearth
euryan (8440) 2008-04-29 12:13
Both photos you have posted of this place are interesting. I think I prefer this one with its informal balance, but the other shot gives a closer view and allows us to see the details better. The great reflections are what make both photos so interesting. Nice capture, and welcome to Trekearth.
PixelTerror (0) 2008-05-02 12:32
That's a superb architecture and a very nice point of view, the only thing that spoils the impression is that ugly milky sky, if you have the opportunity to take this one again in better conditions it's worth the effort !
have a nice day JY
Silversnow (2319) 2008-05-02 21:08
Great shot, very nice reflections in the water.
Then again, this one does not seem to be as colorful as your other photos, perhaps because of the gray sky, but the colors feel a little bit desaturated.
And Welcome to TE!
avene (12675) 2008-05-05 11:00
very impressive first post, I like a lot how you used the reflection to double the effect of the stunning architecture of this temple. and I don't really mind the milky sky, I find it actually ehnances the peaceful and serene mood of the scene. but you might want to clean your lens/camera sensor, there seems to be a speck of dust in the upper right part of the shot. but that's really a minor point, the photo's still excellent.
with best regards,
COSTANTINO (69620) 2008-05-06 5:04
This photo is marvellous with architectural
details in reflection.This palace is one
of the best but both photos are lovely.
Greetings from GREECE
jorgi (3810) 2008-05-13 2:56
you gallery is small but of richest contents. I'm really impressed. Since this is the capture you presented yourself and your work to us it feels the right one to comment as the first one. Everything is in its place, as the placement of the motive is concern as its division by reflection. The combination of different types of architecture going together with hand in hand is remarkable, accompanied with excellent and most educational note.
Warm wellcome to TE!
Bluejeans (64251) 2008-05-16 15:17
Magnifico reflexo deste templo na agua a sua arquitectura e de grande beleza , bom enquadramento da foto , parabéns!!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
foozi (7101) 2008-06-22 22:24
I really like the wonder you catch here. Nice reflection, great crispy colours, very sharp, exciting framing and most of all well thought photo, the right moment to release the shutter.
Real sceenery and manifestation of great skills.
- Copyright: Albert Zaldivar (albertz) (2468)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-03-15
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D50, 52 mm Circ. Polarizer
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2008-04-27 1:28