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"Chao Sam Phraya National Museum" Ayuthaya Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld

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The Chao Sam Phraya National Museum is where you can find some of the Buddha heads that are so conspicuously missing at the sites themselves. The museum was opened in 1961 having been funded by the proceeds from the sale of votive tablets discovered in the underground crypts of the principal Prang tower of Wat Ratchaburana. The museum is spread over three buildings with the first exhibiting artefacts unearthed from the archaeological excavations as well as restoration of ancient monuments in the province during 1956 – 1957, including Buddha images of the Dvaravati, Lop Buri and Ayutthaya periods.

Upstairs, two rooms are allocated for golden items such as miniature regalia and ornaments discovered in the crypts of the principal Prang tower of Wat Ratchaburana in 1957, with a highlight being the golden sword known as Phra Saeng Khan Chai Si. Room II houses an exhibition of golden offerings discovered in situ in the crypt of the principal Prang tower of Wat Mahathat where a golden reliquary containing the Lord Buddha’s relic was enshrined.

Building II exhibits artefacts and objects d’art of different periods from the 6th – 19th century; namely, Dvaravati, Sri Vijaya, Lop Buri, Chiang Saen, Sukhothai, U Thong, Ayutthaya and Rattanakosin for comparative study purposes. Important items include Buddha images in various gestures, Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, Ganesha, etc.

Building III is a complex of traditional Thai houses of central Thailand built in the middle of a moat exhibiting household equipment and utensils in the ancient daily life of the Thai people such as pottery, coconut graters and various basketworks. These folk items reflect the glorious past of the Ayutthaya Kingdom.

Open: 8.30am-4pm every day except Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission: 30B.

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  • Written Oct 25, 2009
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