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Eastern Palaces 74 33.04%
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Old September 30th, 2010, 12:58 PM   #81
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...and ones destroyed - most of Asia's great palaces have been destroyed

Edo-Jo, Tokyo, worlds largest castle ever built, destroyed WWII


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It once occupied the entire Imperial Palace Park, and some

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Old Summer Palace, and the worlds largest gardens ever created - made up of hundreds of pavilions on myriad island lakes.
It was looted and burned to the ground by Western troops in 1860.


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Daming palace, Xian, 7.5x the size of the Forbidden City, and largest palace ever built:


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Other Chinese palaces were also as large - in turn 3, 4.5 and 5.5x the size of the Forbidden City
Epang Palace


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Old September 30th, 2010, 01:22 PM   #82
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Mukden Palace, Shenyang, 300 rooms, the only Qing Dynasty royal palace outside Beijing.

This was in fact the much smaller palace of the Manchurians, who invaded and took over China,
and set up the Forbidden Palace as a much larger version of their own.








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Old September 30th, 2010, 01:44 PM   #83
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New Summer Palace, Beijing, over 100 buildings on a manmade lake (and hill).
This is the third Summer Palace, the first two being destroyed in 1860 and 1900 by Western troops.


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Old September 30th, 2010, 01:46 PM   #84
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Thimpu's Royal Palace, Bhutan, and one of the few working royal palaces remaining in Asia


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Old September 30th, 2010, 11:44 PM   #85
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Thanks, spliff fairy, those palaces are very beautiful and colorful.
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Old September 30th, 2010, 11:57 PM   #86
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I'm going share you guy of Southeast Asia's palaces.

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Old October 1st, 2010, 12:27 AM   #87
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Old October 1st, 2010, 12:45 AM   #88
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Forbidden City or Winter Palace - the worlds largest palace - 980 buildings, 8707 rooms and chambers
Forbidden City covers 74 hectares (178 acres) but Saadabad Palace Complex in Tehran has an area of 410 hectares (1,013 acres).

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Old October 1st, 2010, 01:16 AM   #89
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Thailand Palaces

Grand Palace

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Vimanmek Palace

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Old October 1st, 2010, 01:45 AM   #90
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Thailand actually has many palaces but most of them had now turned to musuem, university, resort, and cultural reserved structure. Many of the old palaces (500+ yr. old) in Thailand had been destroyed during the war with Burma several hundreds years ago.

List of Thai palaces (still exist)

Thai royal family private residences

Grand Palace
Dusit Palace
Chitralada Palace (New Palace)
Sukhothai Palace
Srapratum Palace
Nonthaburi Palace
Chakri Bongkot Palace


Former private residences of the Thai royal family

Vimanmek Palace (Vimanmek Mansion) - Now a museum
Suan Pakard Palace - Now a museum
Front Palace - Now Bangkok National Museum
Chankasem Palace - Now a part of the Ministry of Education
Rear Palace - Now a part of Siriraj Hospital, Bangkok
Phya Thai Palace - Now a part of Phramongkutklao Hospital
Phetchabun Palace - Now CentralWorld
Saranrom Palace - Now Saranrom Park
Varadis Palace - Now a museum
Old Palace - Now the headquarters of the Royal Thai Navy
Thapra Palace - Now a part of Silpakorn University
Bang Khun Phrom Palace - Now the Bank of Thailand
Tewawes Palace - Now the Bank of Thailand
Sunantalai Palace - Now Suan Dusit Rajabhat University
Ldawan Palace - Now the Crown Property Bureau
Burapha Phirom Palace - Now a market
Chakrabongse Palace - Now a private resort

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Old October 1st, 2010, 02:00 AM   #91
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Talking about largest palace, i think the Mandalay Palace in Burma(Myanmar) covers over 413 hectares, but most parts of the Palace was burned down during many wars already.





Here some of pictures before the palace was burned down:

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The palace wall and moat


The palace was rebuilt in 1990s!





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Old October 1st, 2010, 10:33 PM   #92
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guys Forbidden City is not just open land and greenery, with a few buildings dotted around
(by those counts the Summer Palace would be bigger, not to mention the Temple of Heaven
'complex' which is merely a single set of main buildings). The Forbidden City is mostly built
up and covered, with 980 interconnected buildings, and 8700 rooms.
Its counted by building size, not Palace grounds.




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Old October 1st, 2010, 10:46 PM   #93
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Thimphu palace was rebuilt quite recently - somewhere in the 1900s. It was quite modest before then.
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Old October 1st, 2010, 11:12 PM   #94
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Ananta Throne Hall, Bangkok, a Western style palace commisioned by the former king (off limits to the public):



The interior is as lavish and gold encusted as the Thai pavilions:




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Old October 1st, 2010, 11:59 PM   #95
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One of the gates of the real largest palace in the world:





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Persepolis is the mother of all palaces. It's just incredible.
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Old October 19th, 2010, 01:49 PM   #97
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the forbidden city is just incredible... the courtyards are so large with the grand buildings surrounding it, amazing!

i wish some of those other asian palaces were never burnt down...
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Chengde Summer Palace / Imperial Resort



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The Tibetan style palace was built in honour of the visiting Dalai Lama:


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its amazing in china, theres so many 'unknown' temples, palaces, monuments, etc... that most average people have never heard of, yet they are so impressive
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why are eastern palaces all bunched up in the same group???
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