Ananta Samakom Throne Hall
Ananta Samakom Throne Hall (Royal Plaza, Dusit, Bangkok) — The centerpiece of Bangkok’s own Champs Elysees, this impressive two-storey white marble palace sits at the end of Dusit’s long, wide Royal Plaza, a leafy ceremonial boulevard that’s often the focus of regal pomp and ceremony during royal celebrations.
Ordered by King Rama V in 1907 and finished in the reign of King Rama VI, its neo-classical Renaissance architecture – particularly its central dome – dominate the scene just as Italian architects Mario Tamango and Annibale Rigotti intended. Following the 1932 coup it housed the first Thai parliament, but today its ornate interiors serve as a prestigious locale in which to court visiting dignitaries, hold state council meetings and royal occasions.
The Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall is open to the general public as a museum, with permanent exhibitions on the country’s national artists and showcases of arts and crafts by the students at the Chitralada Vocational Centre.