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Dusit is the center of Thai officialdom and an oasis of relative calm in a chaotic city. Treelined avenues, khlongs, old buildings, and the low skyline have all been preserved here. King Chulalongkorn laid out the district along European lines, with grand vistas, broad boulevards, and a geometric road grid surrounding his palaces. A century later it is still the royal quarter. Ratchadamnoen Avenue (“royal way”) leads up to Vimanmek Mansion and the royal museums in Dusit Park. Nearby is the royal “marble” temple of Wat Benchamabophit and Chitrlada Palace, the king and queen’s residence. Political power is also concentrated in Dusit. The National Assembly, Government House, several ministries, and the Prime Mini ster’s house are located here. By contrast, horse racing at the Royal Turf Club, muay thai boxing at Ratcha damnoen Stadium, and animal encounters at the landscaped Dusit Zoo provide popular public entertainment.

Sights at a Glance

Wats and Churches

Dusit’s Christian Churches
Wat Indrawihan
Wat Benchamabophit


Vimanmek Mansion
Notable Roads
Phitsanulok Road
Ratchadamnoen Avenue

Landmark Buildings
Chitrlada Palace
Thewet Flower Market
Parks and Zoos
Dusit Park
Dusit Zoo

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