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Europe Meets Asia at Royal Highlight
European influences are very much in evidence at Dusit Palace Park. Inspired by his first trip to Europe in 1897, King Rama V returned with visions of transforming these styles into a uniquely Thai expression. There are numerous notable sights here including the Vimanmek Teak Mansion, said to be the world’s largest golden-teak building. The nearby Ancient Cloth Museum, meanwhile, presents a beautiful collection of traditional silks and cottons that make up the royal cloth collection. Also in the Dusit area, the Kingdom of the Arts – or Silp Pandin in Thai –is filled with a dazzling collection of the Kingdom’s treasures. Commissioned to Italian architects by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) in 1907 and completed in the reign of King Rama VI, the hall walls and domes are adorned with paintings depicting the history of the Chakri dynasty.