Meaning 'original palace', King Taksin's compound of Chinese-influenced buildings once included Wat Arun. Rama V gave the palace to the Thai navy, and its restoration as a museum won a UNESCO award. A shrine features a sword-wielding statue of King Taksin in a century-old sala that fuses Thai and Western forms. Canons in Wichaiprasit Fort still guard Khlong Bangkok Yai. Take note of the advance notice and sober dress code.