Neun Wat Phra Ngam - Prince Damrong Rachanuphab explained that the origin of the
name “Wat Phra Ngam” (temple of magnificent Buddha images) was due to the beauty
of the discovered earthen Buddha images, the temple was given such name. All of the
discovered artefacts date back to the Dvaravati period, which are the same age as
those found around Phra Pathom Chedi.
Phrabat Somdej Phra Monkut Klao Chaoyuhua Museum (Sanam Chan Palace) The palace was
constructed by command of King Rama VI in the year 1907 when he was the Crown Prince.
Sanam Chan Palace covers a vast area with a big court in the middle, surrounded by
ring roads, with water canals on the outer perimeter. The beautiful halls that located
in the middle of the Palace include:
Phiman Pathom Hall - It is the first hall to be built in the Sanam Chan Palace.
It is of European architecture, a 2-storey building in which King Rama VI resided
before his ascension to the throne. As for the Phiman Pathom Hall, it now houses
a part of the Nakhon Pathom City Hall.
Apirom Reudi Hall - It is a 2-storey hall located to the south of Phiman Pathom
hall. At present it houses the offices of the Nakhon Pathom City Hall.
Vatchari Romya Hall - This is a 2-storey hall. It was built in Thai architecture:
multi-layered roof with colourful tiles on the turret; with a swan-like finial on
the roof ridge, representing the head of garuda and small finials jutting out of
the 2 corners of the gable.
Samakki Mukmat Hall - This is a Thai style hall. It was a meeting hall for King
Rama VI and also where he holds court. Furthermore, the hall was also used as a Khone
theatre (Khone is a kind of Thai play performed by dancers wearing masks). At present,
this hall is a meeting hall of Nakhon Pathom province; it is also used to hold other
Phra Tamnak Chali Monkol-asna - The 2-storey building is of European architecture,
plastered in caramel-yellow, with roof tile in red. It was used as a temporary residence
of King Rama VI when there were missions that involved with Suer Pah Unit.
Phra Tamnak Mari Ratchrat Banlang - This is a 2-storey wooden building and painted
in red. The building is located opposite Phra Tamnak Chali Monkol-asna and are connected
via a walk way.
Phra Tamnak Tabkaeo - This is a small building that used to be a temporary residence
during winter time. At present, after a renovation it is a residence of the Palad
Changwat of Nakhon Pathom. Around 450 Rais (180 acres) of land to the rear of the
building is now the campus ground of the Silpakorn University.
Phra Tamnak Tabkwan - This a teak building with a palm leaf roof. Under the royal
command of King Rama VI, the teak building was constructed to preserve traditional
Thai architecture. It is also used for merit-making and some times classic Thai performances
would also be held at this building.
Thevalai Kanaesuan or Phra Pikkanesh Shrine - It was built to house the image of
Phra Pikkanaesuan (or Ganesh), the Indian god of arts. The shrine is located in a
large field, in front of the Sanam Chan Palace.