King Rama V was the first Thai monarch to visit Europe. He was very impressed with what he had seen there, and came up with some ideas to make Bangkok ready for the 20th century. King Rama V started designing a completely new district from scratch that had to become the "new royal city", a district with grandeur, wide avenues and a leafy, European feel. The result of this process is Dusit.
Vimanmek Mansion (พระที่นั่งวิมานเมฆ), Touted as the world's largest golden teak building, this palace was the home of King Rama V in the early 20th century. It was originally a summer retreat on the island of Ko Si Chang, but has been transported to Bangkok in small parts in 1901. A guided tour is compulsory and tells you all about the life of King Rama V, and about his collection of fin de siecle royal memorabilia placed inside the building. As King Rama V tried to modernise Thailand along European lines, you can also see the first Thai indoor bathroom, the first typewriter with Thai characters and some of the first portrait paintings of Thailand.
|Elder and Sister Moleff in front of Teak Vimanmek Mansion. Cameras and cell phones were not allowed inside. The architecture and history inside was amazing.|
|Sister and Elder Moleff Standing Outside of Chinese Octagonal Dragon Pavilion|
|Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall|
|Sister and Elder Moleff and Sister and Elder Ure|
standing in front of Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall