Visit the spectacular Dusit Palace in Bangkok

The Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall, photo by tiseb/Flickr

Dusit Palace is practically a complex of buildings which compose the royal residence in Bangkok. The buildings occupy a huge area and some of them were built between 1897 and 1901. The royal residence was originally named Wang Suan Dusit. The spectacular palace complex lies on an area of about 64.000 m² and consists of 13 royal residences. The buildings are surrounded by wonderful gardens and lawns.

The Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, the Vimanmek Mansion, the Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall and the Chitralada Royal Villa are just some of the 13 magnificent and impressive royal residences of the Dusit Palace, also being its main edifices. Read on to find out more about these spectacular buildings.

Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall

The breathtaking edifice is one of the main buildings which compose the Dusit Palace. The former reception hall today houses a museum. It was built between 1906 and 1908 to serve as an audience hall. During the construction, the Renaissance and Neoclassic styles were used. Among the construction materials was the beautiful Carrara marble. The two storey building has a huge dome in the centre which is surrounded by several smaller domes. The wonderful Royal Plaza in front of the building is also very attractive. The throne hall is open to the public daily. There is an admission fee for the hall. (October 2012)

The Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall, photo by tiseb/Flickr


Vimanmek Mansion

Built in 1900, the beautiful mansion is also named Vimanmek Palace. It served as the first permanent royal residence on the grounds of Dusit Palace. The mansion is very attractive, its interior being characterized by the combination of Neoclassic style and Thai motifs. There are guided tours for visitors inside the mansion. It is important to mention that visitors have to wear appropriate clothes which means no shorts, T-shirts and so on. They also have to take their shoes off before entering the mansion. There are guided tours for visitors in English or Thai.

The Vimanmek Mansion, photo by tiseb/Flickr

Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall

The beautiful throne hall was built in 1904 and served as an audience hall for the king. Being one of the main edifices of the complex of Dusit Palace, it also served as an entertainment venue. Today, the building houses a museum and is surrounded by spectacular gardens and lawns. The museum contains collections relating to traditional Thai handicraft. It is also known as the Thai Handicraft Museum.

The Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall, photo by tiseb/Flickr

Chitralada Royal Villa

It is a wonderful villa which was built in 1913. Today it plays an important role, being the primary residence of the King and the Queen. The beautiful villa occupies a surface of about 4 km² and is surrounded by a fantastic moat. There is also a school on the grounds of the villa which is the country’s most exclusive school. Dairy farms, research centres and factories were also built here, as the king is interested in agriculture. To enter the villa, visitors have to obtain a pass.


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