The Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall

The Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall
The Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall

The broad boulevard rolls right up to the majestic two-tiered confection of Carrara marble, German copper, Milanese granite and Viennese ceramics topped by a large central dome surrounded by six smaller ones, before skirting the elaborate wrought iron gate and fence that hem in the well-manicured lawn and neatly trimmed shrubs.

With its Renaissance and Neoclassical architectural style, the Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall is reminiscent of the multitude of historical buildings that dot Europe, so standing in front of it, it’s easy to forget you are in the Thai capital, Bangkok.

The Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall

Covering an area of 5,600 sqm, it was commissioned in 1906 by King Chulalongkorn as a reception hall for the Dusit Palace, with the design and decoration executed by a team of Italian architects, engineers and artists. While the exterior is truly magnificent, it is the interior that takes your breath away. An ornate gate of gold leads to a grand foyer with marble walls and flooring lined with plush carpets. Past it, under the striking 40m-central dome is the ornately decorated main throne hall with the throne and two multi-tiered royal umbrellas; along the balcony that runs its length are art nouveau depictions of European ladies holding garlands of flowers. All the domes feature exquisite murals, by Italian masters Professor Galileo Chini and Carlo Riguli, which trace the history and exploits of the first six kings of the Chakri Dynasty.

Walking the entire length of the throne hall is an impressive experience not to be missed.



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