Often dubbed the central attraction of Bangkok’s Champs Elysees, the Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall is an iconic landmark located within Dusit Palace. Situated in the palace’s Royal Plaza this towering structure with a white facade is a famed point of interest frequented by locals and tourists alike. Commissioned to be built by King Rama V, work began in earnest as far back as 1907 and was only completed during the period when King Rama VI was sovereign of Thailand. Often used to host state functions and celebrations of the royal family this larger than life palace is perhaps best known for its exquisite white marble exterior.
A classic example of a neo-classical style Renaissance building the Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall cuts an imposing figure against the lush green lawns of the foreground and the clear blue skies around Dusit Palace. Designed by Italian design giants Annibale Rigotti and Mario Tamango the structure is distinctly European in appearance with its central dome reminiscent of many a structure in Paris and Rome. The regal throne is located right beneath the central dome while a total of six domes adorn the venue. Fresco paintings of Chakri Dynasty rulers by Galileo Chini decorate the inner walls of the six domes while other prominent features includes emboss style roman motifs and floral designs from the Baroque and Renaissance periods which are found in the locale’s long hallway. Visitors touring the hall will also be greeted by stunning views of the palace’s manicured lawns and the massive paved plaza facing the venue.
Famously used to house the first Thai Parliament after the coup in 1932 the Throne Hall is now used to host prestigious gatherings by the state council and the royal family as well as to entertain dignitaries. A famed reception space cum museum the Throne Hall exhibits various art collections from the country’s master painters as well as other showcases by the country’s artistic elite and the Chitralada Vocational Centre students.
Those visiting the Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall are advised to dress modestly omitting shorts, t-shirts and slippers for more conservative attire.
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