Open Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Apart from the famous floating market and the wondrous firefly-lit nights, the Amphawa people also take pride in their homeland as the birthplace of their King Phra Buddha Loetlanaphalai or King Rama II whom, other than greatly beloved, was awarded by UNESCO as a Person of the World for his patronage to the art and culture of Thailand.
Once you arrive here, you will be lost for words because the traditional wooden Thai houses in front of you have been very carefully repaired and preserved at their best conditions. You will also be taken back in time as the inside of these buildings features His Majesty’s personal belongings as well as valuable artifacts from the early Rattanakosin period that reflect the lifestyle of the people at that time. Some examples are the Benjarong or the Thai porcelain with unique styles of 5 colors, ceramics, pottery, along with the Khon masks.
The outside area holds an outdoor theater where Khon, the highest form of Thai performing art, is performed every year on King Rama II’s Birthday Anniversary. Moreover, the botanical garden presents over 140 species of plants and flowers form the literature composed by the King for educational and conservational purposes. The highlights are the models of characters from these literatures like the enormous Chalawan crocodile from “Krai Thong” and Panthurat the Giantess form “Sang Thong” which make the stories come alive magically.
Unfortunately, photos are not allowed in most parts of this memorial park. But it does offer and alternative way to bring back the memory in form of Thai art skills. On Saturdays and Sundays, you can take Thai instrument and Thai drawing classes offered here. We are sure you will never forget this unique experience at the Amphawa King Rama II Memorial Park.
Use Highway No. 35 (Thon Buri-Pak Tho) to kilometer marker 63. Drive through Samut Songkhram city center and turn onto Highway No. 325 (Samut Songkhram-Bang Phae). Between the 36th and 37th kilometer markers, take a left turn toward the King Rama II Memorial Park.