Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall is one of my favorite art museums in Asia. It is not only having a beautiful exterior Italian Renaissance and Neo Classic style building, but also magnificent interior of the golden rich Renaissance decor.
Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall was built by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) to reconstruct an older building built by King Mongkut (Rama IV), as a reception hall within Dusit Palace in 1907. King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) died in 1910 before the completion of the building in 1915.
During the four days of the 1932 Revolution (Jun 24-27), the building was used as the headquarter of the People's Party. The Thais' political system has changed from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional one. On 28 Jun 1932, the first National People's Assembly was held here. It was remaining being the Thailand Parliament House until 1974.
Today, Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall is a two storey exhibition hall to exhibit the masterpieces of Arts of the Kingdom, part of the support foundation of Her majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand. You will see exquisite art pieces made by local artists to the King and Queen. Among them, Busabok Mala is one of the famous art pieces in Thailand. It is crafted in gold nielloware, damascene, enamel, gold and silver and wood carving.
Admission: 150 Baht
Operating Hours: 10:00 - 17: 00 (Ticket Counter closed at 16:30)
Check out Arts of the Kingdom Website to learn more!
This is a must see attraction in Bangkok, so don't miss it!
* After the museum, you can have an afternoon tea at the English style cafe nearby. It serves tea, coffee, and cakes.
The Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, built in the early 1900s by Italian architects, is a former reception hall within Dusit Palace Park and is now a museum. The throne hall was used as the headquarters of the People's Party during the four days of the 1932 Revolution (June 24-27), which transformed the country's political system from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional one. The first National People's Assembly convened on June 28, 1932 in this throne hall. After that, it was used as the Parliament House until 1974 when the new Parliament House was opened nearby. However, the old Parliament House is still used for the State Opening of Parliament marking the first assembly in consequence of a general election for the House of Representatives.
Dusit Palace Park is home to the Ananta Samakhom and Abhisek Dusit Throne Halls as well as the Parliament Building and Zoo. The stand-out building is the Vimanmek Teak Mansion, constructed in 1900 and used as a royal palace for a short time. The park was established by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), following his European tour, when he had visions of European castles swimming around his head and put these visions into reality.
Open: 9.30am-4pm. Admission: 100B but is free with Grand Palace ticket.
Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall was constructed in the Italian Renaissance & Neo Classic style of architecture. The exterior is decorated with marble from Italy. It is a two storey marble construction with a large dome in the centre surrounded by six smaller domes.