Please note: Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall and the larger Dusit Palace Park are closed for construction. The reopening date has not been announced.
Built in 1904 as part of the Dusit Palace Park complex, the Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall originally hosted state occasions under Chulalongkorn (also known as King Rama V). In 1993, the royal family reopened the restored hall as a handicraft museum sponsored by the Support Foundation.
The museum collection in Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall, launched by Queen Sirikit, showcases traditional Thai craftsmanship preserved by the Support Foundation—a program that helps rural families earn extra income through craft with expert guidance and financial assistance. Jewelry, wood and soap carvings, and gold- and silver-inlaid items are all on display.
Many people visit the site just to see the hall’s architecture, which includes a Moorish exterior and a Thai interior with distinct Victorian influences. Outside, the structure is decorated with intricately-carved flower motifs and stained glass windows.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Photography is not allowed inside the hall.
- Conservative dress is mandatory.
- Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall can be accessed with a ticket to Bangkok’s Grand Palace.
How to Get There
Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall is located just east of Vimanmek Mansion, in the Dusit Palace Park. You can reach the park by Chao Phraya Express Boat service—the hall is a 20-minute walk from the Thewet Pier—or in a taxi or tuk-tuk.
When to Get There
Visit the city, and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall, in November or December to enjoy cooler temperatures and smaller crowds. An ideal time to visit the area is during Thailand’s Loy Krathong festival, in mid-November: Families come to the Chao Phraya River to place small, lotus-shaped containers filled with candles and other offerings in the water as a way to get rid of their troubles and attract good fortune.
The Dusit Palace Complex
The 16-acre Dusit Palace Complex includes gardens and stately residences, most of which are now museums. In addition to Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall, the grounds include Vimanmek Royal Teak Mansion and the Ananta Samakhom (or Ananta Samagom) Throne Hall. The mansion is a royal villa (now a museum) and the world’s largest building made entirely of golden teak. The Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall is an Italian Renaissance–style palace resembling the Sistine Chapel that houses the Arts of the Kingdom Museum.