Bangkok, Thailand




Museums & Galleries

Bangkokian Museum
273 Charoen Krung Soi 43 (Si Phraya Pier). Opening: Wednesday-Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This typical wooden Thai-style family house was constructed in 1937 and originally the home of the Suravadee family. It was converted into a museum to give insights into the lifestyle of a middle-class Bangkok family during World War II and the 1950s. Exhibits include antiques, household items, a kitchen, sanitation and toilet facilities. Part of the museum is devoted to maintaining the history of Bang Rak and Silom, showing the farms, canals and windmills that once characterise this area. Free.

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Kathmandu Photo Gallery
87 Pan Rd (BTS Chong Nonsi). Opening: Tuesday-Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Housed in an old but beautifully restored Portuguese shophouse. The gallery is probably the only one in Bangkok totally devoted to the art of photography. Its owner (photographer Manit Sriwanichpoom) tried to resemble the gallery to the photographers' shops of old, where visitors could walk in and carefully chose one of the prints on sale. The gallery on the ground floor is all about the work of the owner, while the (tiny) upper floor has changing exhibitions. There's also a book corner for those more interested in photography.

M.R. Kukrit's Heritage Home
19 Soi Phra Phinit (BTS Chong Nonsi). Openng: Saturday-Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. M.R. Kukrit Pramoj (1911-1995) was an important Thai writer, lecturer and statesman and once served as the country's prime minister. His legacy is this complex of five teak houses that used to be his home. They are an astonishing example of traditional Thai architecture, with the oldest teak home more than one hundred years old. The surrounding garden plays an important role in the design of the property.

Neilson-Hayes Library
195 Surawong Rd (BTS Chong Nonsi). Opening: Tuesday-Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Visiting a library during your trip to Bangkok might seem a odd but this one might convince you. The library has the largest collection of English language books in Bangkok, catering to the many Western expats in the area. There is also an art gallery, a café, creative workshops and plenty of events throughout the year. Also, the European-style building constructed during the late 19th century is of great architectural interest.

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