Bangkok, Thailand




Museums & Parks

Bangkok Noi Museum
Charan Sanitwong Rd (next to Wat Suwannaram, close to the Bangkok Noi Canal). Opens: Wednesday-Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This museum is about the history of Bangkok Noi and the village of "Bangkok" that used to be situated here. Bangkok Noi was an important trading centre during the Ayutthaya Period and briefly the capital of Siam during the Thonburi Period. The Rattanakosin Period (when most of Bangkok Noi consisted of fruit orchards)
is also covered at the Bangkok Noi Museum.

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Royal Barge National Museum
Arun-Amarin Rd (Phra Arthit Pier, walk over Phra Pin Klao Bridge, left into Wat Dusitaram Road, pass Wat Dusitaram School, walk through an alley passing  residences, then follow the signs  leading to the museum). Opens: daily from 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
The museum is situated on the mouth of the Bangkok Noi Canal. Exhibits include several Royal Barges used for state ceremonies on the Chao Phraya River. The ornately carved barges take the form of famous mythical creatures from the Ramayana epic. The most impressive is the Golden Swan
or "Suphannahongse", which was built in 1911 during the reign of King Rama IV. This 46-metre craft was carved from one single piece of teak wood!
Royal Barge National Museum by PalawanOz
House of Museums
170/17 Mu 17, Khlong Pho Land, Soi Khlong Pho 2, Sala Thammasop Rd.
The exhibition features a collection of old and modern items that were used every day by both townspeople and villagers. Exhibits include toys, books, stationery, kitchen utensils and household items from the past to the present. The first floor shows an old atmosphere of shophouses that date before 1957 including a cafe, pharmacy, barber shop and many more. There are also rooms with changing exhibits and various topics.

Siriraj Museums
Phran Nok Rd (Wang Lang Pier). Opens: Monday-Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
These museums are old and dusty with not a lot of English signs - most of the visitors are Thai students but some foreigners like to visit as well. The Forensic Medicine Museum is the most popular for its creepy collection of medical oddities. Other museums inside the complex include the Congdon Anatomical Museum, Sood Sangvichien Prehistoric Museum, Songkran Niyomsane Forensic Medicine Museum, Parasitology Museum, Ellis Pathological Museum and the Veekit Veeranuvati Museum on traditional Thai medicine.

Sunthorn Museum
82/10 Sukhaphiban 1 (off Phetkasem Road near Lotus Supermarket). Opens: Saturday only from 11:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
This is a private museum operated by Mr. Sunthorn Chunothaisawat. It houses invaluable antiques from different periods such as BMW motorcycles from the interwar period, various types of old clocks, lamps, children toys made out of zinc, raios, irons, type writers, fans and sewing machines. All of these are well-maintained and in a good condition.

Princess Mother Memorial Park
Somdet Chao Phraya Soi 3 (Memorial Bridge Pier). Opens: daily from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and museum from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This beautiful park is built near the Wat Anongkharam community where Somdej Phra Srinagarindra Boromarajajonani (the mother of King Rama IX or Princess Mother) resided during her childhood. The park features a full scale model of the Princess Mother's house. Old buildings inside the park have been renovated as exhibition halls, displaying the life story of the Princess Mother and the history of the Wat Anongkharam community that lives here.

Princess Mother Memorial Park by Hdamm

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