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Dusit Maha Prasat

Being oldest part of the Grand Palace, Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall is the front of the Phra Maha Prasat group of buildings, with residential buildings being behind. Only Throne Hall is open for visitors and should be a must-visit part of every Bangkok holiday, alongside the rest of the Grand Palace complex. With its high roof on which top is the tall spire, the Hall represents traditional Thai architecture. From the death of King Rama I until now, the Hall is being used as a lying-in-state for members of the royal family during an official mourning period.


  • The construction of Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall took two ten years and it was ordered by King Phutthayotfa Chulalok, or commonly known as Rama I, on 6 May 1782.
  • Pillar that helps to support the roof in the middle of Throne Hall is reconstructed one since the original one was destroyed during the reign of King Rama VI.
  • World famous and another must-visit site, Wat Phra Kaew or The Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is across Throne Hall.
  • If you need a break there is a café near the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall where you can buy refreshments and snacks.
  • Once king’s bed, the Mother-of-Pearl Bed can be found in Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall, since it was transferred after no longer being used by the king.

More about Dusit Maha Prasat

To get to Phra Maha Prasat group in the Grand Palace you have to go through either one of three northern gates, all decorated with floral patterns made from Chinese porcelain. Dusit Maha Prasat, representing traditional Thai architecture is constructed like a tall mountain, a symbol of traditional Thai architecture called Mount Meru. Not only the form of the Hall is symbolic, but also the whole exterior decoration. The spire on the top of the high roof is built in three sections, each having religious meaning. Four mythical beings called garudas are around the spire as a symbol of the Himavanta forest surrounding Mount Meru. The interior of the Throne Hall won’t leave you hanging either, with geometric patterns of lotus buds on the wall and glass mosaic starts on the ceiling. The centre of the building is reserved for the Mother-of-Pearl Throne.