Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall: Bangkok's Euro Vibe

I verily have this idée fixe when it comes to European architectures and interior designs. These masterpieces create nostalgic impression of Western history and turn Greek Mythology and Wizardry World into reality. As you would expect, these are in my travel bucket list. So, I did research for European chef-d'œuvre that can be found in Thailand. And VOILA! this picturesque neo-classical structure in the middle of Bangkok lured me, the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall.

This majestic two-storey greyish marble mansion stands delighted and welcomes every tourist with a smile. Regal pomp and ceremony during royal celebrations are held in this edifice. Its ornate exteriors resemble the famous St. Peter Basilica in Vatican City. 

The walls and the massive central dome are covered with remarkable frescoes delineating the history of Chakri Dynasty mirroring the Sistine Chapel in Europe. Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall houses "The Arts of the Kingdom" exhibition that displays state of the art masterpieces and crafts made of valuable materials. The most amazing are the tall wood-carved screen and the giant silk embroidered screen  (no photo for this since it's not allowed to bring cameras/phones). 

Showcasing diverse and delicate art pieces, this palace is open to the general public as a museum. Photography is prohibited inside the building. Appropriate clothing is required which means long pants, shirts and skirts. They sell Sarongs for 50 baht excluding the admission fee of 150 baht. The best way to get here is by taxi.

This locale was incredibly wondrous. I could feel the Euro-vibe environment outside the building but hid the pure Thainess in the inside of it. 

To end this, I will give this trip a 'thumb's up'. See you soon! :) 

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