Chao Sam Phraya National Museum

What's left of Ayutthaya's treasures

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What we say: 3 stars

The Burmese invaders who occupied Ayutthaya in 1767 didn't leave much behind, but what they missed can be viewed at this medium-size museum built in the 1960s.

The highlights are gold or partially gold utensils, swords, and other objects once treasured by Ayutthaya royalty, which were uncovered in the early 2000s during excavations of Wat Ratchaburana and Wat Mahathat.

Other exhibited items are less impressive and are housed in dusty display cases. These include ancient stone Buddha heads, the original wooden front panel of Wat Phra Si Sanphet, and much more.

Historical displays also offer a limited contextual backdrop for understanding the ruins, and a traditional Thai wood house similar to, but perhaps more elegant than Khun Paen's residence, lies on the west side of the museum's spacious and shady grounds.

Note that the museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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Rochana Road
Opening Hours: Wed to Sun, 09:00-16:00
How to get there: The front gate is on Rochana Road, just east of Si Sanphet Road and a two-minute walk from the tourist information centre.
Last updated: 9th February, 2013

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