Phra Nakhon Khiri – the holy city hill in Phetchaburi

Phra Nakhon Khiri lies in Phetchaburi on a hill overlooking the city. The name translates to ‘Holy City Hill’ and the three groups of buildings are really impressive.

 


The Park is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm. You have to pay a ticket of 150 baht per person for foreigners (locals get a much cheaper ticket) and then you get up. Either on foot or you take the cable car which costs another 40 Baht.

 

King Rama IV is the one responsible for the existance of this historical park. He loved the area so much that he decided to build a summer Palace there. In 1979 the Palace was turned into a historical park and the Fine Arts Department added an exhibition which shows personal items of King Rama IV and the V.

 

There are three peaks on this hill. If you take the cable car up, you arrive in the western peak where King Mongkut’s Palace is located, which is the largest building of the entire Palace. You also find the Phra Nang Pramot Mahaisawan there, presumed to have been used as the Queen’s Royal bedchamber. Apart from some smaller buildings in this area, there also is the Ho Chatchawan Wiang Chai which has been used by King Mongkut as an observatory.

 

From this western peak you can reach the other two easily by foot. We didn’t do it this day, as it was far too warm for us. Also take note that there are a lot of monkeys, so be careful when moving around.

 

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The central peak is home to Phra That Chom Phet, with is a 40 m high white chedi, which is believed to host relics of Buddha.
The eastern peak hosts the What Phra Kaew Temple in classical thai architectural style. Next to it is a huge red pagoda which can easily be seen from afar.

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