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Taken on the grounds of the Summer Palace in Bang Pa In, Thailand, which is located about 40 miles outside of Bangkok along the Chao Praya river. The current palace dates to the 17th century, which actually pre-dates the establishemt of Bangkok as the capitol. It was "revived" by King Mongkut (Rama IV) in the 19th century, when most of the present structures were built. Some of its features thus appear very European in design. I'm not sure what the exact function of this colorful "lighthouse" was, but there is also a modest-sized "pond" at the center of the complex, so maybe someone thought a lighthouse would be an essential feature! Some other structures don't really fit into the decor either; a beautiful Chinese pavillion actually constructed in China and disassembled to be rebuilt on the site was presented as a gift to King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) by the Chinese in 1889, which is accessible to visitors. We just passed by this lighthouse and didn't hear too much about it, but I was struck by how brightly painted it is!

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