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When Europe Modernised Siam’s Architecture: A guide to European architectural influence in Thailand

When visitors think about Thailand’s architecture, images might come to mind of sleek stupas, mosaic-covered temples, dragon-ornate gables, or elegantly curved roofs and wooden houses. Eventually you will also think of the striking new skyscrapers, which step-by-step invade Bangkok’s skyline.
But few travellers think that Bangkok and Thailand would probably have one of the richest European architectural heritages in Southeast Asia. Many would even wonder how it could be possible in a country that was never colonised.
The history of European architectural influence in Thailand
If European colonisation in the region stopped at the borders of Siam, Europe’s cultural influence extended far into

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