Bangkok National Museum, the largest museum in South-East Asia, is a spectacular museum on Thai history and culture. The museum displays a stunning collection of objects including prehistoric art, murals and objects used by the royals. A vast collection of antiquities has been hosted in this museum.
The halls in the museum are dedicated to topics such as musical
instruments, armaments, clothing, palanquins, khon masks etc. Throne
Hall is used for special exhibitions. All periods and traditions of Thai
as well as Buddhist art are preserved in the museum. The museum also
features ceramics, period sculptures, mural paintings and other
decorative arts. Stress is on art, archaeological and cultural objects
which are dated from as early as prehistory up to present day.
Gallery of Thai History
This gallery takes the visitors back to prehistoric Thailand. Catching
glimpses of kingdoms like Lanna, Sukhothai and Ayutthaya, one arrives in
The private chapel, called Phra Thinung Phutthaisawan, is an important
stop in the national museum. A copy of the much-appreciated Phra Singh
Buddha images is here. Other copies are found in the temples of Chiang
Mai, Chiang Rai and Nakorn Si Thammarat. Behind the centre of the wiharn
are several large storage cases for scriptures. Here are some precious
mural paintings from the bygone era.
The gigantic well-carved chariots can inculcate interest in anyone. The
chariots were once used exclusively for royal cremations. Magnificent
40-ton Vejayant Rajarot is the most glorious chariot. The chariots were
last used in 1996 for Princess Mother's funeral.
The pavilion has two peculiar features. Delicate fretwork in moorish
design and a conventional Thai-style roof. And these two are enough to
leave you impressed.
Tours of the Museum
On Wednesdays and Thursdays, free English language tours of the museum,
lasting about two hours, are available. On Wednesdays, tours can be
availed in French and Japanese, and on Thursdays in German. These tours
will be very helpful in understanding the exhibits.
The National Museum in Bangkok is situated on Naphra That road between
Thammasart University and the National Theatre.