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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular museums in Bangkok?

Kshitiz Ahuja DEC 10 2012
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With a fascinating history that saw the empire passing from one hand to another, Bangkok has a past that intrigues and lures. And it’s efforts to save the relics of past have paid off really well, for one stroll around the city, and you’ll find it dotted with an astonishing number of museums. There’s so much to take in of the past at Bangkok, that you are sure to have a packed itinerary. For a dig into its rich past, don’t forget to visit:

  • Bangkok National Museum

Established by King Rama V in 1874, National Museum is a window to the myriad aspects of Thailand, such as culture, history and Buddhist influence. Located in the Front Palace, the museum houses captivating remnants from the bygone era, including the prized The King Ram Khamhaeng Inscription, believed to have been written by the legendary king Ramkhamhaeng, probably country’s most ancient work of literature. You can go for guided tours that are available in different languages, including English, French and German. Please take care not to touch the artifacts and do remember that smoking isn’t allowed on premises.

Entry: 50 Baht per person.

Timings: 9 am to 3.30 pm. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Address: Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang

Phra Nakhon




Telephone: +66-02-2241333

  • The Royal Barges National Museum

A surprise awaits you at this one, for quite different from a typical museum, it’s a
floating one. Your heart is sure to skip a beat at the marvels that this place houses - 8 of over 50 famous barges (boats). As the name suggests, these barges were used in processions by the royalty and some of these are still used on festive occasions. You won’t have even imagined that barges could be as beautiful as these ones, rising steeply at the front and adorned with colorful designs. Take my word, all the barges make for a grand sight with their beautiful religious symbolic ornamentation, specially the largest one that’s over 45 metre long and can accommodate 50 rowers and 14 other crew members.  

Entry: 30 Baht per person.

Timings: 9 am to 5 pm. It’s closed on December 31, January 01 and April 13 to April 15.

Address: 80/1 Rim Khlong Bangkok Noi Reserveret Road

Bangkok Noi




Telephone: 66-02-4240004

  • Philatelic Museum

This one is for the stamp collector in you, for it has carefully preserved
Thai and foreign stamps that date back to as far as 1881. Don’t forget to take a look at the first Thai stamps that were printed in London using wooden blocks. Artworks of a sort, every stamp here has a historical connotation. Some stamps and accessories are up for sale too, don’t forget to pick those as souvenirs.

Address: Thanon Phahon Yothin

Samsen Nai

Phaya Thai




Telephone: 66-02-2712439

  • Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

Shake hands with
Madonna, do a jig by Michael Jackson’s side, get a picture clicked with Lady Gaga or try crooning along with Justin Bieber - it’s all possible here. Walk around the museum to come face to face with the wax figurines of celebrities awaiting your presence. The figures include sports star, musicians, TV and movie actors, world leaders and more.

Entry: 800 Baht for adults and 600 Baht for seniors and children.  

Address: 6th Floor

Siam Discovery

989 Rama I Road





Telephone: +66-02-658 0060

Official Website: www.madametussauds.com/Bangkok/en/

Other than these, there’s a whole bunch of surprises awaiting you at the
Bangkok Corrections Museum, Bangkok Doll Museum, Kamthieng House Museum, Museum of Imagery Technology, Museum of Buddhist Art, Rare Stone Museum, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Thai Labour Museum, Silpa Bhirasri National Museum. There’s a whole more to the list, so much so that you may have to shuffle your tour dates to have all of it. Needless to say, the lure of Bangkok museums is irresistible.

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