Bang Pa_In Palace Summer Palace, Pang Pa In, Thailand, Southeast Asia, Asia
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Built in 1632, this summer palace north of Bangkok fell into disrepair in the 18th century. It wasn’t until the mid-19th century that King Rama IV (you might know him from The King and I fame) decided to restore the complex and to add a group of eclectic buildings. A Thai-style pavilion seems to float on an ornamental pond; nearby is a red-and-gold Chinese residence that was a gift from China. The former main house is a European-style abode with a wrought-iron marquee.