There are two main reasons a single traveler must visit the great Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall. Firstly, this structure is one of the most beautiful Italian Renaissance architectures outsideItaly. The construction of this grand mansion was commissioned by His Majesty King Rama V in 1906 to serve as the reception hall. The building was designed by a team of Italian architects, who covered the exterior with white marble imported fromCarrara,Italy, while the interior walls are beautifully painted by Italian artists to depict the history of the Chakri Dynasty. The construction was, unfortunately, not finished until 1915, five years after the reign of King Rama V. Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall was later served asThailand’s first parliament after the political transition from absolute monarchy to constitutional monarchy and is now used for important state’s functions.
Secondly, Ananta Samakhom currently hosts the fifth edition of “Arts of the Kingdom” exhibition that displays sophisticated art pieces and crafts made of precious materials by the craftsmen of Sirikit Institute, an organization under the royal patronage to help raise living standards in rural areas by encouraging them to learn and create traditional crafts. The masterpieces include a model of royal barges made of gold and a 10 meter tall carved teak panels.
Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday from 10.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m. (Closed on Mondays, on New Year Day and on Songkran Holidays )
Admission fee: 150 baht (proper attire is essential , Shorts and Sleeveless are not allowed, women please wear skirts or Thai Sarong )