Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall is the centrepiece of Bangkok's own Champs Elysees. It’s an impressive 2-storey white marble palace that sits at the end of Dusit's long and 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 during the reign of King Rama VI, its neoclassical 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.
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Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall highlights
Inside Ananta Samakhom is a stunningly beautiful central dome, under which the Royal Throne sits. Lining it and each of the 6 other domes' walls are frescoes depicting Chakri Dynasty monarchs (painted by Galileo Chini).
The long hall on the upper floor is embellished with embossed roman and floral patterns showing Renaissance and Baroque arts. Outside, you can find impressive views both from the large paved plaza in front of it (the site of the annual Trooping the Color parade in December, the Red Cross Fair in late March, as well as the King Rama V statue). Or, you can stroll through the trim gardens adjoining it with Vimanmek Mansion. On Children's Day, in the 2nd week of January each year, the grounds and interiors are more fully open to the public.
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. Guided tours are available, offered at 30-minute intervals from 9.30am to 3.30pm daily (except Mondays).
Photography is not permitted inside the building. Note that this is a royal property – a strict dress code applies, which means no flip-flops, shorts, sleeveless shirts or T-shirts.
Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall
- Opening Hours: Tuesday–Sunday from 10am to 3.30pm (closed on Mondays)
- Location: Royal Plaza, 71 Uthong Nai Alley, Dusit, Bangkok 10300, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)2 283 9411