In 1906, His Majesty commissioned the construction of a new Throne Hall within the grounds of the Dusit Palace. The name Ananda Samakhom was taken from a previous building that had
deteriorated and was no longer usable. The foundation stone was placed by His Majesty King
Chulalongkorn on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of his ascension to the throne.
The design and construction was supervised by Chao Phraya Yommaraj, with a team of Italian architects, engineers and painters. It took nine years to complete the building, which is designed in Italian Renaissance style. The exterior is decorated with marble imported from Carrara in Italy.
As beautiful as the exterior is, it is the exquisite paintings inside that really take your breath away. These paintings, by Mr. C. Riguli and Prof. G. Chini, trace the history of the Chakri Dynasty from Kings Rama I to Rama VI.
The north side dome is painted to depict King Rama I on his return from a battle in a neighbouring country, while the eastern dome has paintings of Kings Rama II and Rama III and their support for the arts.
How to get there:
Bus routes 70, 72, 503
Open : Daily from 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except public holidays) Admission : 50 baht (proper attire is essential)Tel : 0 2628 6300 ext. 5119 – 5121 www.palaces.thai.net