Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall Bangkok
( Post by Carlos Melia ) Also know as the White Marble Palace, a prestigious hall, former reception hall within Dusit Palace in which to court visiting dignitaries, hold state council meetings and royal occasions. An Italian neo-classical Renaissance architecture, Ordered by King Rama V (1907) and finished in the reign of King Rama VI. Commissioned to the architects Mario Tamagno and Annibale Rigotti. Used as Parliament House until 1974, nowadays it is open to the public every day except on Chulalongkorn Day (23 October), the King’s birthday (5 December) and the Queen’s birthday (12 August).
The central dome, surrounded by other six smaller domes, is where the Royal Throne seats. A permanent exhibitions on the country’s national artists and showcases of arts and crafts by the students at the Chitralada Vocational Centre, is open to the public. You will get to see unique stunning royal jewelry and pieces of art that will outshine the any other royal heritage. The White Marble Palace is located in the so called Champs D’Elysee of Bangkok, at Dusit’s wide Royal Plaza, a ceremonial boulevard that’s often the focus of regal pomp and ceremony during royal celebrations.
Note that being a Royal property, strict dress code applies and no photography is allowed inside the building. Daily from 09.30AM to 04.00PM except Mondays. Entry Fee 50 THB. Post by Carlos Melia – www.carlosmeliablog.com