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Ananta Samakhon Throne Hall

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No single building in Bangkok displays the extravagance of Siamese royalty during the early 20th century stronger than Ananta Samakhon Throne Hall.

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Update: Anananta Samakhon Throne Hall will close for restoration on 1 October 2017, and a reopen date has not yet been released.

Commissioned by King Rama V in 1907 and completed eight years later during the reign of King Rama VI, the dramatic edifice was crafted from Italian marble and other pricey foreign materials in the Italian Renaissance and Neo-Classic styles. It’s now one of two major drawcards, the other being Vimanmek Mansion, found in Dusit Park.

Nothing else quite like it in Thailand. Photo taken in or around Ananta Samakhon Throne Hall, Bangkok, Thailand by David Luekens.

Nothing else quite like it in Thailand. Photo: David Luekens

From outside, the hall could pass as the capital building of a European nation with its dozens of pillars supporting a broad central dome and marble statues of children with Caucasian features dotting the rooftops. But instead of hosting a room for parliament, the whole structure revolved around a throne for a king who held absolute ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 700 words.)

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