Dusit Throne Hall

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What we say: 3 stars

This 1903 white hall built for King Rama V and originally used for meetings and banquets, houses a mother-of-pearl throne topped by a regal umbrella.

The umbrella may appear a bit tatty, but that's because it is only changed when a new king accedes to the throne, and the current King Bhumibol Adulyadej is the world's longest reigning monarch.

The hall is home to an interesting array of work crafted by members of the catchily named Promotion of Supplementary Occupations and Related Techniques Foundation (SUPPORT), which is sponsored by the Queen. Handicrafts range from traditional clothes and baskets to silverwork and sculptures made from beetle wings.

Proper dress is necessary and be warned, clothes cannot be hired here. Bags, shoes and photographic and filming equipment must be left in lockers.

More details
Just down the road from Vimanmek Teak Mansion within Dusit Park
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00-16:00
How to get there: The Throne Hall is a short distance east of Vimanmek Mansion in Dusit Park. To reach the park, buses 5, 18, 56, 70, 72, 503 and 515, all pass within a reasonable walking distance.
Last updated: 26th May, 2014

About the author:
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton and he spends most of his time in Bali, Indonesia.
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Just down the road from Vimanmek Teak Mansion within Dusit Park
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