Construction of the Royal Grand Palace in Thailand began in 1782 and it was completed in time for the coronation of Rama I. This palace has an area of 218,000 sq. meters, and is surrounded by the four walls whose length is 1,900 meters. Within the walls, the government offices and the temple of the Emerald Buddha are situated along with the royal residences. The center of the palace is dominated by Chakri Maha Prasat hall. This hall was constructed by King Chulalongkorn the Great (also known as Rama V) to commemorate the centenary of the Chakri Dynasty and it was completed in 1882. Today the hall functions as a reception hall. Chakri Maha Prasat hall consists of an audience hall situated in the center and the other two halls on both sides. The audience hall, which contains the throne, has been the venue for the presentation of letter of credence to each ambassador by the king or for banquets for national guests. The walls on both sides of the room are decorated with the paintings depicting the diplomatic receptions of the past.
*Blurb from the Snow Festival website.