Pattaya Daily News

20 February 2010 :: 16:02:23 pm 13714

Thailand’s Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall

This impressive two storey white palace sits at the end of Dusit’s long wide Royal Plaza, was commission by King RamaV in 1907 and completed during the reign of King RamaVI in 1915. Built by architects Mario Tamango and Annibale Rigotti, in Carrara marble imported from Italy, its neo classical Renaissance architecture dominates the skyline.
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Inside there are six domes and a beautiful central dome under which the Royal Throne sits. Lining the domes 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.

The Arts of the Kingdom are exhibited in the building showing 26 replica items made by royal goldsmiths for Thailand’s monarchs. The non wood items on were crafted from solid gold or gilded and include golden thrones. Boats, barges and a palanquin, which was used to convey high ranking members of the Thai royal family, can be found on display
 
Thailand has a long history of goldsmithing and to this day jewelry is still crafted based on designs from ancient origins. Each intricate piece can take at least three days to finish and are made from 99.99 per cent of pure gold bullion.
 
Visitors can view the current impressive masterpieces of Thai craftsmen. A wide range of arts and crafts, and hand made products including Mudmee silk, cotton, Yan Lipao etc are available for purchase in the souvenir shop. Outside visitors will find a lovely little cafe where they can relax with an array of refreshments.

 

Patty Brown

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