Dusit Maha Prasat

The cruciform Dusit Maha Prasat throne hall was built by Rama I in 1790. The north face has a porch with a type of throne known as a busabok used by the king when giving public audiences. The building is one of the least altered and most elegant public buildings of the center court. Although the building has been used as a residence and audience hall, its primary purpose which survives to this day is as the lying-in-state place for kings, queens and favored members of the royal family.

Dusit Maha Prasat
The Dusit Maha Prasat throne hall

The throne hall is open to the public on weekdays only. Inside you can see a large mother-of-pearl throne set just off the very center of the hall. To your left as you look at the throne is a large mother-of-pearl bed used for relaxing between audiences.

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Off to the west side of the throne hall is a small sort of garden which represents Mount Krailas. The garden was once the site of the royal tonsure ceremony, when boys had their heads shaved for the first time. This was also generally the time when boys had to leave the inner palace, since no man other than the king was allowed to live there.

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