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Bangkok, Dusit District, The Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall

It was used as the headquarters of the People's Party during the four days of the 1932 Revolution, which transformed the country's political system from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional one. The first National People's Assembly convened in June, 1932 in this throne hall. After that, it was used as the Parliament House until 1974 when the new Parliament House was opened nearby. However, the old Parliament House is still used for the State Opening of Parliament marking the first assembly in consequence of a general election for the House of Representatives. It is open to the public every day except on Chulalongkorn Day ( 23 October ), the King's birthday ( 5th December ) and the Queen's birthday ( 12th August ). In front of the Hall is the Royal Plaza with the equestrian statue of King Chulalongkorn   ( Rama V )

The centrepiece of Bangkok's own Champs D' Elysee, this impressive two storey white marble palace sits at the end of Dusit's long, wide Royal Plaza, a leafy ceremonial boulevard. Ordered by King Rama V in 1907 and finished in the reign of King Rama VI, its neo-classical Renaissance architecture - particularly its central dome - dominate the building. Following the 1932 coup it housed the first Thai parliament, but today its ornate interiors serve as a prestigious locale in which to court visiting dignitaries, hold state council meetings and royal occasions.

Inside is a  beautiful central dome, under which the Royal Throne sits. Lining it and each of the six, other domes' walls are frescoes depicting Chakri Dynasty monarchs. Outside, visitors can find impressive views both from the large paved plaza in front of it ( site of the annual Trooping of the Colour in December, the Red Cross Fair in late March, as well as the King Rama V statue ) or the well laid out  gardens adjoining it with Vimanmek Mansion. The Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall is open to the public as a museum, with permanent exhibitions on the country’s national artists and showcases of arts and crafts by the students at the Chitralada Vocational Centre. Guided tours are available, at 30 - minute intervals, from 9:30 to 15:30 daily ( except Monday ).

Ticket office closed  3.30 p.m. Entrance fee :Thai  20 Baht  Foreigner  50 Baht  Child, Monks, Nuns  10 Baht