It was built in 1782 and for 150 years was the home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government. The Grand Palace of Bangkok is a grand old dame indeed, that continues to have visitors in awe with its beautiful architecture and intricate detail, all of which is a proud salute to the creativity and craftsmanship of the Thai people. Within its walls were also the Thai war ministry, state departments, and even the mint. Today, the complex remains the spiritual heart of the Thai Kingdom.
Like all urban rivers, the history of the Chao Phraya is intertwined with the city it flows through. The original site was chosen by early settlers because of its fertility and abundant fish. Later King Taksin, after the fall of Ayutthaya to the Burmese, located his new capital here, on the western banks today known as Thonburi. In 1782 King Rama I, finding the eastern banks more favourable, founded modern Bangkok and celebrated the occasion by building some of the world’s most beguiling temples. Later still the canals it feeds became famous, earning Bangkok its ‘Venice of the East’ epithet.
The Temple was built during the Ayutthaya period and was originally called Wat Makok after the name of the local Village Tambol Bangmakok. It means "Village of Olives". wat arun gets its name from Aruna, the indian god of the dawn, hence its common name The Temple of Dawn. The location of the temple is in the area that used to be occupied by the Palace of King Taksin who re-established the Siamese Kingdom after the fall of Ayuttaya more than two hundred years ago.
Democracy Monument is located on Thanon Ratchadamnoen. The monument was commissioned to commemorate the 1932 Siamese coup d'etat which led to the establishment of a constitutional monarchy. The foundation was erected on 24 June 1939 during the premiership of General Pibul Songkram, designed by M.L. Pum Malakul and sculpted by Sitthidech Saenghirun.Prof Sin Pirasi (Corrado Feroci) is the supervisor of constructing the monument.
Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall
The Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, a large impressive building in Dusit district in Bangkok, was built by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) to serve as a reception hall for the Dusit Palace. Construction started in 1906 and the building was finished in 1915, during the reign of King Vajiravudh (Rama VI). The Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall houses the permanent “the Arts of the Kingdom” exhibition, where various kinds of hand made traditional Thai crafts are on display.
Following his first European tour in 1897, Rama V (King Chulalongkorn; r 1868–1910) returned with visions of European castles and set about transforming these styles into a uniquely Thai expression that resulted in today's Dusit Palace Park, a royal complex with several notable pavilions and museums. At the time of research, the premises were temporarily closed for renovations, with no confirmed reopening date.
From the moment you step inside Gems Gallery, you will receive only the warmest hospitality, The Thai greeting of "Sawasdee" is accompanied with a refreshing "Welcome Drink" in the comfort of our well-
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