European Heritage Days : Visiting Mr. Ambassador

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European Heritage Days :

Visiting Mr. Ambassador
Marine Wolf

14 September 2018

Every year, throughout the world, the most prestigious French public buildings open their doors for the European Heritage Days.

For the 35th edition, whose theme is “The art of sharing”, the Residence de France and the Chancery of the French Embassy in Thailand will be offering tours on Sunday 16th of September 2018 from 10 AM to 4 PM.

The Residence was built during the reign of King Mongkut, better known as Rama IV. Understanding that Siam had to conduct diplomatic relations with European countries in order to remain independent, he granted France the right to have a diplomatic mission in 1856. Therefore, Comte de Castelnau moved in what was originally just a simple wooden home with a swampy ground. As a result of major construction works in 1901, the Residence evolved into a little colonial-style palace. After having been occupied by the Japanese during World War II, the building was transformed again in the 1960s and in 2001.

Although inspired by traditional Thai houses vast roofs, the Chancery, for its part, shows a futurist look. Its smooth surfaces and its sharp edges were designed by Dominique Chavanne, director of the architecture comity and the architect Mabel Miranda.

Half an hour guided tours in French, Thai and English will be organised. Some information sheets in French and in Thai will also be available. Finally, French pastries will be served at the end of the visit.

When you go rue de Brest, do not forget to bring your ID and to arrive sufficiently in advance. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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