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  Thai Khoo Fah

 

Thailand

Thai Khoo Fah, is the name of the Government House of Thailand, i.e. a building in Neo-Venetian Gothic style, that resembles the Palazzo Santa Sofia in Venice, and which since 1963 houses the offices of the Prime Minister and the cabinet ministers.

 

It was built in the reign of King Vajiravudh (fig.) and initially served as the residence of General Chao Phraya Ram Rakhop and his family. When the general eventually moved, he sold it to the government during the time when Phibun Songkram (fig.) was premier, to be used as a reception venue for foreign guests of the government, rejecting a bid from the Japanese government, who wanted to turn it into their Embassy.

 

  Thai Khoo Fah

 

  Thai Khoo Fah

 

In this photo, made during an economic mission of the Belgian Crown Prince to Thailand in March 2013, the surrounding fence is adorned with both Thai and Belgian national flags (fig.).

See also QUADCOPTER PICTURE and POSTAGE STAMP.