The History of The Ananta Samakhorn Throne Hall

The Construction of the Throne Hall

The building of the throne hall began in 1908 and was completed in 1915, costing 15 million baht (The currency of Thailand). The hall is approximately 50m high and consists of a large central dome, as well as 6 smaller surrounding domes. The structure is located within the Dusit Palace in Bangkok. It was King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) who commissioned the construction, with the hall being completed 5 years after his death at the age of 57. The intention of the hall was to serve as a place for royal meetings.

The History of the Throne Hall

Translated from Thai, The Ananta Samakhorn Throne Hall means “The place of immense gathering”, it has fulfilled this title by serving as an important place of royal meetings. The interior design is based on the Chakri Dynasty, with the domes and walls being decorated by Carlo Riguli and Galileo Chini, the royal artists of the time. The throne hall has been used for several historically significant events; during the 1932 revolution, the hall functioned as headquarters for the Khana Ratsadon (People’s Party). Following this, the hall was used by the legislative branch of parliament, before the new parliament building was established in 1974. After the parliament had moved, the hall became a part of the palace once again, as control was resumed by the royal family.

Modern Usage of the Throne Hall

The Arts of the Kingdom Exhibition was held at the throne hall and open for tourists to view. This exhibition hosted a showcase of important arts and crafts for the nation, however has since been moved away from the hall. The throne hall has been closed to visitors since October 1st 2017. The main current purpose of the throne hall now is for the ceremonial State Opening of Parliament, in which the King of Thailand officially opens each new parliament.

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Historic Famous Conferences: Earth Summit 3rd – 14th June, 1992

In June 1992, from 3rd to 14th, the largest United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

It was called the Rio Conference, the Earth Summit, the Rio summit, or the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit.In this summit,117 heads of states and also representatives of the 178 nations were in attendance. Most of the nations agreed by the signing of treaties and other documents to commit to the pursuit of economic development but also protecting the mother earth and its nonrenewable resources.

The issues addressed included:

The production of harmful components such as gasoline or the release of toxic factory wastes into the environment.

Using alternative sources of energy to replace the use of nonrenewable sources.

The use of a public transportation system to reduce the number of harmful gases emitted into the environment.

The growing usage of the limited water supply.

Some of the main documents that were agreed upon by member states at the Earth Summit are:

The Convention on Biological Diversity. This is the treaty that committed different states to take inventories of their plants and wild lives and protecting the endangered species concurrently.

The Global Warming Convention. This is the treaty that bound nations to reduce their carbon dioxide, methane, and other greenhouse gases which are thought to be responsible for global warming.

The Declaration on Environment and Development, or the Rio Declaration laid down 27 broad but nonbinding principles for environmentally sound development. Among them is Agenda 21 which outlined global strategies for cleaning up the environment and also encouraging sound environmental development.

In an attempt at preserving the fast diminishing tropical rainforests, a nonbinding recommendation suggested that nations monitor and assess the impact of development on their forest reserve and take steps to manage the damage done on them. This summit formed a precedent for many of these international meetings.

However, the summit was faced with disputes between the developed countries and the developing ones with the later been reluctant to hamper their economic development with the environmental restrictions recommended not unless they receive increased financial support from the wealthy nations to facilitate a sound environmental growth.

The TakeAway,

This meeting was a response for member states to work together worldwide on development issues after the Cold War. Issues of Sustainability were deemed to be too broad for individual member states to handle, therefore the Earth Summit was a platform for all member states to collaborate. Many more meetings would follow to ammend some of the treaties and declarations in the future.

How to take a cruise to Ayuttaya from Bangkok

There is every reason to want to reach Ayuttaya, Thailand from Bangkok as it’s an ancient city, full of historical interest. Known as an archaeological site, the historic city is managed as a historical park, and, in fact, at the centre of the city is Ayutthaya Historical Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also the most visited site in the area.

If luxury is what you want

Where you decide to stay in Bangkok can literally can make or break your trip. Bad accommodation too far out will make getting to the historic monuments early nearly impossible. A good choice are the Lancaster Bangkok hotel rooms, luxuriously comfortable, and letting you wake up in the morning feeling energised and ready to explore everything that makes a Bangkok getaway so utterly enthralling: a hotel close to all the amazing sights and sounds of the city.

A boat trip away from Bangkok’s buzz

The journey up the Chao Phraya river is the perfect retreat from Bangkok’s bustling streets and lifestyle. It can be wonderfully peaceful on the river. To make the trip to Bangkok more exciting, adventurers like to combine their visit to Bangkok with a trip to Ayutthaya – an exciting riverboat trip on the main river of Thailand known also as the River of Kings. Many of the people live on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and many use the river to get to work and other places.

The trip starts from Wat Niwet Thammaprawat in Bang Pa In, a Buddhist temple. The trip gives you a wonderful chance to be in the fresh air as you glide past Thai people going about their daily lives. This just makes the entire trip more enthralling as there are also ancient temples and ruins to explore.

A fascinating night on the boat

This 2-day boat cruise includes docking for the night where you will dine on board before settling down for the night. You’ll enjoy breakfast on board the next morning as you prepare to cruise further on to the amazing city of Ayutthaya, where you disembark at Bang-Pa-In, an ancient palace.

After such a thrilling trip, there’s no substitute for knowing that when you get back to your hotel in Bangkok you can relax in the air-conditioned comfort that on a luxury hotel can provide.

The Difference between High-tea and Low tea

There is no hard and fast rule of how to enjoy tea-times, but low tea, served in the mid-afternoon, has always meant a light snack to tide you over to supper time. It might include one or two cupcakes, scones, and a sandwich.

The low tea fills the hunger gap

This low tea started way back when the duchess couldn’t make it through a boring, foodless afternoon, and feeling hungry, she ordered tea and snacks to her bedroom chamber. She discovered what a delightful way it was to ‘fill the gap’ waiting for supper time, and it became a tradition.

The high tea is likened to a meal

High tea on the other hand, is far more substantial, more energy-packed and more like a full meal. Workers, after a hard day of work, would want to have something substantial after their day of labour. There would be cakes, toasted sandwiches, meat pies, cold meats and all this fare would always be accompanied by a pot of good, strong tea – to restore spent energy.

A setting crammed with oodles of atmosphere

It goes without saying that there are hotels such as the trendy Royal Lancaster that serve high and low teas in beautiful tea rooms as well as variations on afternoon tea as well.

The signature Royal Lancaster Afternoon Tea is a unique twist on the British tradition, but there are always delectable treats that are served with the finest teas or a glass of Champagne. Fresh scones with Scottish clotted cream, cupcakes, chocolate lollipops and dainty savouries are all waiting to tantalize and delight your taste buds and these are matched with a choice of freshly brewed teas.

Gardening fans come to London for the Chelsea Flower Show and it just seems fitting to pop into the Royal Lancaster after visiting the rose garden in Hyde Park which is just over the road from the hotel. The hotel’s Bloomin’ Brilliant Afternoon Tea is luxurious, light and leisurely and not to be missed. Oozing atmosphere, it captures the very spirit of wonderful times with family and friends.

Good times to share

Good times are inevitable with a tea party in beautiful London and in beautiful surroundings. Whether you’re lazing around in comfortable chairs with tea-treats on a low coffee table or you’re sitting around a high tea table, both tea options are the perfect addition for an afternoon of entertainment where tea is served with pride.