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The spacious grounds within Dusit Park include 20 buildings you can visit, but the mansion, considered the largest golden-teak structure in the world, is the highlight. The mansion's original foundation remains on Koh Si Chang, south of Bangkok in the Gulf of Thailand. King Rama V had the mansion dismantled and moved to its present location, using it as his residence from 1901 to 1906 while the Grand Palace was being renovated. The building itself is extensive, with more than 80 rooms.
The other 19 buildings include the Royal Family Museum, with portraits of the royal family, and the Royal Carriage Museum, with carriages and other vehicles used by the country's monarchs through the ages. There are several small air-conditioned restaurants offering a limited menu of Thai food. Admission includes everything on the grounds and the classical Thai dancing shows that take place mid-morning and mid-afternoon (usually 10:30 am and 2 pm). English-language tours are available every half hour starting at 9:15. Proper attire is required (no shorts, tank tops, or sandals).