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U.S. Embassy Bangkok

The History of the Royal Sala and Sala Thai

The Royal Sala and Sala Thai, constructed in 1988 to commemorate His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great’s 60th birthday, is dedicated to the King and Royal family to symbolize respect for and appreciation of the monarchy. The short film above showcases the significance of The Royal Sala and Sala Thai and highlights the strong relationship between the U.S. and Bangkok through cultural diplomacy. It also demonstrates the United States’ respect for Thai culture, shows appreciation for our Thai colleagues, and reinforces the protection of cultural practices, rituals, traditions, and other forms of intangible heritage valued by host nations and communities abroad.

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สถานทูตสหรัฐฯ ประจำประเทศไทย


ศาลาเฉลิมพระเกียรติและศาลาไทยในสถานทูตสหรัฐฯ ประจำประเทศไทย ก่อสร้างขึ้นเมื่อปี 2531 เนื่องในโอกาสวันเฉลิมพระชนมพรรษา 60 พรรษาของพระบาทสมเด็จพระบรมชนกาธิเบศร มหาภูมิพลอดุลยเดชมหาราช บรมนาถบพิตร เพื่อเฉลิมพระเกียรติพระบาทสมเด็จพระเจ้าอยู่หัวและพระบรมวงศานุวงศ์ ตลอดจนน้อมรำลึกถึงพระมหากรุณาธิคุณของสถาบันพระมหากษัตริย์ไทย สารคดีสั้นนี้แสดงถึงความสำคัญของศาลาทั้งสองหลัง เน้นย้ำไมตรีที่แน่นแฟ้นระหว่างสหรัฐฯ และไทยผ่านการทูตวัฒนธรรม แสดงความเคารพที่เรามีต่อวัฒนธรรมไทยและความขอบคุณต่อภาคี
ชาวไทยของเรา ตลอดจนร่วมปกป้องคุ้มครองธรรมเนียมทางวัฒนธรรม พิธีกรรม ประเพณี และมรดกทางวัฒนธรรมที่จับต้อง
ไม่ได้รูปแบบอื่น ๆ ที่สำคัญต่อบรรดาประเทศซึ่งเป็นที่ตั้งของ
สถานทูตสหรัฐฯ และชุมชนทั่วโลก

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Chief of Mission Residence

Canberra, Australia

In 1939, the United States initiated the process of building diplomatic facilities in Canberra. Representatives moved quickly to get the project underway by seeking permission from the Australian government and reserving land in a prominent site. The U.S. Department of State architect Paul Franz Jaquet finished the drawings for the ambassador’s residence by November 1941, and the land was acquired through a 99-year lease agreement just as the United States entered World War II. A symbol of America, the cornerstone ceremony was held on July 4, 1942, and the building was completed in 1944.

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Louis XV Style Desk

The French writing table bureau plat was introduced in the early eighteenth century and was popular during the reign of Louis XV (1715–1774). The novel desk form is associated with the renowned cabinetmaker, Andre Charles Boulle (1642–1732), known for his use of marquetry and bronze. Cabinetmakers working in the Louis XV style also created furniture with an interplay of colors in wood, inlay, and bronze or gilded decoration, and added a lightness of overall form. The example in the Department of State collection is made in the style, ca. 1880, recreating the curvature of the legs and bronze ornament that were hallmarks of the period.


Founders of Freedom

Survival & Resistance in Wartime Netherlands

In 2019, the Netherlands youngest survivor of World War II will be 74 years old. By 2040, only a handful of centenarians will be left who have any first-hand memory of the war, and once gone that tangible link will vanish with them. There will be no-one left who lived through the German occupation, or who braved a hail of bullets to bring freedom to an occupied Holland. There will be no-one who survived a death camp to find themselves alone, without friends or family, and not even a photograph to remember that time in their lives. All that will remain are films, books, and other documents to inform us of that time and those who lived and died. 


Putto on Fountain

Paris Chief of Mission Residence

The putto is a motif seen throughout classical and modern periods of art history, depicted here as chubby boy joyfully chasing a swan through the reeds. The putto figure is made of lead and gilded, and the sculptural form is notable for its movement. The gilt applied to the putto figure was recently restored. Placed on a pedestal base, the putto crowns a Breche Violette marble wall fountain in the entry hall of the ambassador’s residence. The fountain is a gift of Ambassador and Mrs. Arthur K. Watson, who were the first occupants of the newly renovated Hotel Rothschild, as the house is known, in 1970–1972.

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Chief of Mission Residence

Stockholm, Sweden

Completed in 1932, Villa Åkerlund is a historical building of exceptional significance, achieving the highest level of heritage classification in Stockholm. It is located in the historic neighborhood of Diplomatstaden, which was designed by prominent city planner Per Olof Hallman as a residential enclave for diplomats. The neighborhood follows an organic layout with gently curving streets influenced by the natural topography of the land. Important architects contributed to the development of Diplomatstaden, and the Villa has the added distinction of being the last residence built in the area.


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