Samakom Throne Hall
Ananta Samakom Throne Hall is the ornate gray-marble Italian
renaissance-style building located on the broad avenue off
Ayutthaya Road in Dusit district. King Chulalongkorn built
the palace in 1907 to receive guests and foreign dignitaries.
Upon completion during the reign of King Rama VI, it was used
for royal and state ceremonies and parliament meetings. Currently,
the Royal Throne Hall is only used for the ceremonial opening
of the first session of Parliament, royal receptions and private
interior of the Ananta Samakom Throne Hall is decorated with
marvelous mural paintings. A wonderfully detailed fresco can
be seen on the inside of the domed ceiling. The hall is only
open to the public once each year on children's day, the second
Saturday of January.
in front of the Royal Throne Hall in the middle of the parade
ground is an imposing statue of King Chulalongkorn on horseback.
Much of this part of Bangkok was originally built during the
great king's reign. Many Thais turn out on October 23, the
anniversary of his death, to lay wreaths at the base of the
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