King Prajadhipok Museum reminds us of the King who saw Thailand's transformation from absolute monarchy to constitutional monarchy. For anyone interested in this phase of Thailand, the museum is an entertaining place.
The building, constructed in neo-classical style, has been designed by
Charles Beguelin. The building was designated a national heritage site
in 1995. A renovation project was undertaken and the building was
rechristened King Prajadhipok Museum.
The museum gives an insight into the life of King Prajadhipok or Rama
VII. Exhibits in the museum display the photos and other memorabilia of
King Prajadhipok. One can understand how the King evolved as a person.
The museum showcases objects related to his coronation, celebration of
Bangkok's 150th anniversary and the revolution. Things used by the King
after his abdication, have also been displayed. The letter of abdication
by King Prajadhipok is also on display here.
Life of King Prajadhipok
Tenure of King Prajadhipok marks the beginning of constitutional
monarchy. It is something which encourages the people to know about his
life. King Prajadhipok was the last born son of King Rama V and the
brother of King Rama VI. The King, who had received English education,
favored a constitutional government. But before he could introduce his
constitution, it is said, that some middle-ranked officials, afraid of
losing their power, staged a coup and forced their own constitution. The
King was reduced to just a figurehead. The frustrated King abdicated in
1935 and went to England where he passed rest of his life, six years.
King Prajadhipok is located at the Panfa Bridge intersection, near the
Golden Mount and Loha Prasat.
How to Reach
Take the Chaophraya River Express to the Banglampuu Pier. Then down
Khao San or Ratchadamnoen Roads. The museum is at walking distance.