The Royal Carriage Museum at Dusit Palace

     The museum was officially opened to the public to commemorate  HM Queen Sirikitís birthday on August 12, 1989. The collections comprise of the Royal Horse-Drawn Carriage from HM King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) and HM King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) reign. This reflects the influence of western civilization to Thailand after the returned of HM King Chulalongkorn from his first trip to Europe in 1897.

    Horse-Drawn Carriage first arrived during the early Rattanakosin Period. In those day, they were used only by the Roya
l families and high ranking officials. In later years, they were used for special ceremonial occasions.

   During the reign of HM King Rama VI,Horse-Drawn carriages were widely used. He established the Assawarat Office for preparing and maintaining horses and carriages for official purposes. Moreover, it had to train drivers and horses for such purpose.

   During the reign of HM King Rama VIII , the popularity of the Horse-Drawn Carriage declined because of the introduction of automobiles into Thailand and of the poor condition of the existing coaches.

    Today, there are few Horse-Drawn Carriages that can be found in the city of Lampang, northern part of Thailand. They are being use to accommodate tourists for sight-seeing tour around the city.

   The Royal Horse Carriage Museum open to the public daily from 9.00 am-4.00pm at Vimanmek Mansion, Dusit Palace.

Postilion Landau style Coach, specially 
ordered from England for ceremonial
occasions during King Rama VI and VII
Glass State Coach; Steuart Co.
ordered by HM King Chulalongkorn
(Rama V) from Culcutta, India for the 
opening ceremony of the Paliament session
C Spring Phaetion style Horse Carriage from England, used by HM King Vajiravudh (Rama VI)
used it on the occasion of awarding the Darby Cup
at the Royal Turf Club.
Phaeton Buggy style Horse Carriage belonged to HM King Chulalongkorn (Rama V)
English Landau style Horse carriage from England used by members of the Royal family
Open style Horse Carriage for the used of horse training
A saloon style Horse Carriage used as a substitute carriage
A private Horse Carriage from England, used by HM King Vajiravudh (Rama VI)
Open style Horse Carriage ordered during HM King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) reign for horse training
Horse Carriage for members of the Royal family use
2 seater sport Horse Carriage belonged to HM King Chulalongkorn (Rama V)
2 seater open sport Horse Carriage belonged to HM King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) for inspecting the troops
4 seater open saloon Horse Carriage belonged to HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn
Horse Carriage for tourist in Lampang

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