Around Rattanakosin Island. An old part of the city (still on the road) 4/6
Car shot taken on Nove 1st, 2007.
- Sala Chalermkrung, a Royal Theatre (a building which has a picture of H.M. the King on it).
** A royal gift to his people from H.M. King Rama VII **
As part of Bangkok’s 150th anniversary celebrations, H.M. King Rama VII ordered a new bridge – the Phra Phutayodfah Bridge – that links Bangkok and Thon Buri. A statue of King Rama I was also built at the foot of this bridge, on the Bangkok side.
Also, H.M. King Rama VII donated more than 9 million baht from his own funds to build the country’s first cinema, since he wanted his subjects to enjoy the most popular motion pictures and other performances at this venue. With its elegant design, Sala Chalermkrung added to Thailand’s prestige.
The construction of this venue started on 1 July 1930. Mom Chao Samaichalerm Kridakara, a French-graduated architect, was entrusted by H.M. King Rama VII to supervise the construction. H.M. King Rama VII – who graciously laid the foundation stone for the building – named it “Sala Chalermkrung” to honor its architect and to celebrate Bangkok’s 150th anniversary.
Since its opening on 2 July 1933, this venue has provided entertainment to people up to now. In its early years, it was the most modern structure in Asia and was Thailand’s first air-conditioned theatre. People in the cinema industry are gathered here. It was also an institute that produced trained actors and actresses for the cinema and the theatre.
Throughout its history, Sala Chalermkrung has formed deep bonds in many contexts and many lives. It is no exaggeration to say that this venue has become a legend. Hence, it is worthy of conservation as a royal theatre as intended by H.M. King Rama VII.