Boromphiman Monthian and the group of Edifices in the Siwalai Garden
Further east in the inner court is situated the beautiful Siwalai Garden. When King Rama II had the Palace precincts expanded towards the south, he ordered three Golden Halls and many European and Chinese style buildings to be constructed.
This new area was called "Garden to the Right" because it is situated on the right side of Phra Maha Monthian. Later King Rama III had those buildings pulled down and constructed temples dedicated to his late father.
King Mongkut ordered the renovation of the Three Golden Halls. At the same time "Phra Phuttha-Rattanasathan" had been built in front of them. A wall was constructed as a boundary for the religious monuments on the 'inside' of
the Grand Palace and the area ws named "Phra Phuttha Niwet". The Chinese style theatre to the south of Phra Phuttha Maha Monthian was also changed into "Phra-Thinang Songtham" where the King and the royal family observed the preceots. King Mongkut ordered a residence to be constructed in
this garden and called it "Phra Aphinaowaniwet". He stayed there till the end of his life.
King Chulalongkorn had "Phra-Thinang Song Phanuat" constructed in the north of Phra Phuttha Monthian for use as a residence during his stay in the monkhood. Later when both Phra Phuttha Monthian and Phra Aphinaowaniwet were in
much decay, the King had them pulled down and turned the area into a garden again. He also had Phra-Thinang Songtham moved to Wat Benchamabophit.
At present, Phra Phuttha Rattanasathan is in the middle of Siwalai Garden. Three other edifices there are :-