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Museum in Bangkok
ROYAL BARGE NATIONAL MUSEUM
This shed, where several royal barges are displayed, is located near Phra Pin Klao Bridge on Thon Buri side. The barges were used on royal occasions and formerly served as war vessels. The most beautiful barge is "Suphannahong" used by the king only when he made his royal river procession for the Kathin Ceremony, a Buddhist Tradition of offering robes to monks, usually during October or November. The unique design and decorative details of each barge should be of great interest to all visitors. The shed is open everyday from 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
Located on Ratchawithi Road behind the National Assembly, it is the world's largest building made entirely of golden teak. Removed from Ko Sichang in Chonburi province, it was rebuilt here in 1900 by the command of King Rama V. The mansion has many exhibition rooms, some of which maintain the atmosphere of the past. A guided tour inside the building is provided to visitors. Other buildings in the same compound are also used as museums, and display various items and art objects; for example, H.M.King Bhumibol's photography, H.M. Queen Sirikit's collection of handicraft masterpieces created by rural people, paraphernalia of rank and portraits, old clocks, ancient cloth, and royal carriages. The compound is open daily from 9.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Admission fee is 50 baht. There are also traditional Thai dance shows at 10.30 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. Proper attire is required.
JIM THOMSON'S THAI HOUSE
This remarkable Thai-style house, was the work of Mr.Jim Thompson, an American who came to Thailand at the end of the Second World War and revived the Thai silk industry. His house, now a museum, is at the end of Soi kasemsan 2 opposite the National Stadium on Rama I Road. On permanent display are Mr. Thompson's collection of Asian artefacts and many other fabulous antiques. It is open everyday from 9.00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. Admission costs 100 baht. Volunteer guides explain the collection to visitors.
Within the walking distance of the Grand Palace is one of the largest and most comprehensive museums in Southeast Asia. Bangkok's National Museum houses a vast collection of artifacts found in all parts of the country ranging from Neolithic times, Sukhothai, Ayuthaya to the Bangkok period. The complex, also begun in 1782, consists of several old but beautiful buildings of colourful Thai architectural design. The museum is open everyday, except Mondays, Tuesdays, and annual holidays, from 9.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.
BANGKOK NATIONAL GALLERY MUSEUM
This museum, located on Chao Fa Road opposite the National Museum, exhibits traditional and contemporary works of art created by Thai artists. It is open to the public everyday except Mondays, Tuesday, and public holidays from 9.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.
SUAN PAKKARD PALACE
Located on Si Ayutthaya Road near the Phayathai intersection, this used to be the residence of Princess Chumbhot, one of Thailand's leading art collectors. Five traditional Thai houses overlooking a beautifully kept garden house a large collection of Thai arts and antiques. One building displays masks and costumes used in Khon dance performances. It is open everyday from 9.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.
PATEUR INSTITUTE (SANK FARM)
This interesting spot is located at the corner of Henri Dunant and Rama IV Roads west of Chulalongkorn Hospital. It is a section of the This Red Cross, where one can have cholera, smallpox, and typhoid inoculations, as well as rabies treatment. The institute has become a popular tourist attraction because of its larvae collection of live poisonous snakes. It is open from 8.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. one weekdays and 8.30 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. on holidays. The extraction of venom from the snakes is demonstrated at 11.00 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. on holidays.
KHAMTHIENG THAI HOUSE
This is a classic northern - style teak house, originally constructed in Chiang Mai more than 200 years ago and donated to the Siam Society by its owners and reconstructed in Bangkok. It is located at 131 Soi Asoke ( Soi 21) Sukhumvit Road. A very large variety of Thai flora can be seen in its garden. Also on display are items used daily by Thai farmers and fishermen. It is open daily except Sundays and Mondays from 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
This widely revered and always busy shrine located on the corner of Ratchadamri and Ploenchit roads is devoted to the Hindu god Phra Phrom. The shrine never fails to inspire as crowds of worshippers make offerings of incense laden prayers together with flower garlands and miniature wooden elephants while elaborately costumed worshipful dancers complete the picture of veneration.