The district was established by King Chulalongkorn, who wanted to escape the confines of Rattanakosin Island. Vimanmek Mansion was constructed in 1900 completely out of teak, and was used as a royal palace for a short time, but was abandoned in 1908. Reconstructed in 1992, it is now a major tourist attraction of the district. Chitralada Royal Villa was built by King Vajiravudh (Rama VI), and was a residence of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The large park around the palace was used by the King for agricultural research.
Next to the building is the Suan Amporn Park, and across the street the Dusit Zoo. The vast space in front of Ananta Samakom Throne Hall is the Royal Plaza. At the middle of the plaza is the equestrian statue of King Chulalongkorn. Various events are held in Suan Amporn Park and Royal Plaza. Yearly events include commencements for many universities in Bangkok, and the Red Cross Fair which takes place for nine days from the end of March till the first week of April.
Important administrative offices such as Government House are also in Dusit. Wasukri Pier is the pier to board and store royal barges, which sail in Thailand’s Royal Barge Procession. Near the pier is the National Library of Thailand. In addition, it is also home to several military camps under Royal Thai Army (RTA) such as 1st Cavalry Regiment, King’s Guard, 4th Cavalry Division King’s Guard, 1st Field Artillery Battalion, King’s Guard, Air Defense Artillery Division, Department of Army Transportation, Army Ordnance Department, Army Ordnance Learning Center, Command And General Staff College, and some parts of Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) such as Directorate of Aeronautical Engineering etc., which makes Dusit was named as “Military District”.