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The Tiger King’s Palace, Phetchaburi. The teaching hall at Wat Yai Suwannaram, or normally known as the Tiger Kings Palace, was once situated in area of the Ayutthaya Grand Palace. During the reign of King Sanphet VIII ( or the Tiger King ), he dedicated this teak palace to Somdej Phra Suwanna Muni ( or Somdej Chao Tangmo ), the supreme patriarch of the Ayutthaya Kingdom who came from Phetchaburi Province. This palace was dismantled and reconstructed at Wat Yai Suwannaram, the monastery where the patriarch had grown up and been educated.

The palace is in the 17th century A.D. Ayutthaya architectural style. The up right posts are octagonal  The central door panels at the front are delicately and elaborately carved.

The Great Battle of Yuthahathi. When Ayutthaya fell to Burma in 1569 A.D. During the reign of King Phra Mahin Dharatirat, Prince Naresuan was brought to Burma by King Bayinnaung

( Burengnaung ) as the hostage. King Naresuan, raised in the Burmese court, was very smart and capable. His battle skills frightened all his enemies, especially King Nantabureng of Burma who later planned to kill him to prevent the Thai prince from forming a rebellion against him. King Nantabureng never succeeded, however. After fifteen years under enemy domination, King Naresuan decided to liberate Siam from Burmese rule. He claimed the independence of his kingdom in May 1584 A.D.

In 1592 A.D., King Naresuan made a great battle with Phra Maha Uparaja, the Burmese prince and the son of King Nantabureng, who was the commander of the Burmese troops at that time. King Naresuan finally killed him in the historic royal fighting on el elephant-back. The great battle of Yuthahathi took place at Nong Sarai, Suphan Buri Province. The monument to commemorate this his tor i cal event and the superb fighting skills of the greatest Thai warrior in history was erected and named Don Chedi.

The door is framed by a tracery  design which looks quite stately. The gables are also delicately ornamented with stucco motifs that especially highlight the aesthetic talents of the Phetchaburi artisans. The roof has cylindrical tiles. Other roof ornaments such as sky tassels and the barge boards at both ends are glass inlayed with coloured mirrors. The walls are panelled and once carried gilded patterns on the outside. When the gilt faded, the wall was painted cinnabar red. The interior surface of the wall carries tempera sketches which are barely visible now. Muang Boran has reconstructed this teaching hall in smaller size.