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Naval Dockyard

Shipyard of the Royal Thai Navy, located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River in Thonburi, directly to the opposite of the Grand Palace (fig.). The navy compound features several barracks, hangars and dry-docks, where boats used by the Royal Thai Navy are built, repaired and maintained, as well as a Buddhist temple called Wat Wongsamoon Wihaan (fig.), and the Royal Dockyard Museum (map - fig.). The Naval Dockyard was established by King Rama I in the early days of his reign (1782-1809 AD), in the vicinity of the Thonburi Palace (fig.), the residence of King Taksin, and adjacent to an area where King Rama I had his own initial palace built (fig.). During the reign of King Rama V, the Naval Dockyard was further developed. In 1883, factories were built and in 1888 a large wooden dry-dock was built to the south of Wat Rakhang (fig.). It is also known as the Royal Dockyard and in Thai it is called Uh Reua Luang (อู่เรือหลวง). See MAP