"National Museum" National Museum Tip by lucy60

National Museum, Bangkok: 26 reviews and 48 photos

Don't miss, especially if you love history and archeology and l if you are planning to visit ancients town in Thailand, in north or northeastern region. I usually go there on my way back to BKK to understand better the background of what I've seen on my journey in Thailand
It consists in palace buildings and the real museim
Wang Na, the residence of Prince Successor, is in front of Royal Palace. Here, the apartments were designed for the seasons,north wing was occupied in summer, south rooms in rainy season and north rooms in winter. Then you proceed to the throne room. Wonderful is Tamnak Daeng (Red House) with furnishing od XVIII century. In the same complex you may see Phra Thinang Phuttaisawan the palace private chapel with fine mural paintings.

1. Gallery of Thai History. Manuscripts, stone inscriptions etc. Don't miss stine inscription of King Ram Kamhaeng recording rhe history of Sukhotai. It seems that the King have invented Thai alphabeth inspired from Khmer.
2. South Wing. There are a lot of pieces influenced by chinese and indian art and a bronze Roman lamp. In first floor you may see exhibits from Dvaravati period: terracotta head of Budda, Hindu deities, wheels of law and coins. On second floor you may see signs of the Hindu influence: a wonderful Ganesha, finds from Chaya (seated Budda witha naga canopy), Si-Thep, exhibits of Khmer art.
3. North wing. There a lot of Budda images: the best are one enormous statue of Budda (Dvaravati period) a head of Bodhisattva (Khmer style), large Budda image from Ayuthaya. On first floor there are hindu gods and statue of Budda from Sukhotai and Ayuthaya.
In the cpmpound you may found restaurant and toilettes.
The museum is open from wed to sun hour 9 am - 16 pm. There are free tours on english, french, german and spanish starting at 9.30 and lasting about 2 hours. Admission fee: 40THB.

Address: Next to Thammasat University
Phone: 02-2241333

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  • Written Sep 13, 2008
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