The Royal Sala Thai , Hawaii

In 1967, as a gesture to extend goodwill and cultural understanding, Their Majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit of Thailand dedicated a traditional salapavilionto the East-West Center. It was one of only four salas outside of Thailand to bear the Royal Seal and the only one personally dedicated by the king. However, due to age and climate conditions, the original sala was reconstructed in 2006 under the auspices of His Majesty. The beautiful new structure, made of hard woods and elaborately carved and painted in gold, was built in Thailand and assembled in Hawaii by a crew of traditional craftsmen under the direction of Thai National Artist/Architect Dr. Pinyo Suwankiri.
On March 1, 2008, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, daughter of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit, dedicated the new sala. In her remarks at the dedication ceremony, Her Royal Highness described the kings intent in gifting the original sala to the East-West Center in 1967 as symbolic meeting place for people from different nations and cultures to come together and exchange knowledge and ideas.

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