Baan Hollanda

Baan Hollanda

The Dutch settlement

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First coming ashore at Ayutthaya in 1608, the Dutch East India Company charmed King Ekkatotsarat into allowing the traders to set up a port and exchange ambassadors with The Netherlands.
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Before long the Dutch had a full-fledged settlement boasting one of the more stately buildings in the city. Using the Thai name for the settlement, a reconstruction of this building was opened in 2013 as the Baan Hollanda Museum.

The Dutch compound was built out of stone and viewed with a measure of awe, if not envy, by Thais who called it Tuek Daeng, or the “Red Building”. It was the most elaborate of several structures built by the Dutch during their rather tumultuous century and a half of trade relations with Ayutthaya, when nearly 1,500 Dutch lived here at one time. A memorial first appeared in the 1930s, and after decades of gradual excavations, Dutch and Thai historians directed the reconstruction of the Red Building, albeit with a proper orange paint job.

Overlooking the Chao Phraya River, the small museum contains info boards explaining the history of Dutch-Thai relations. A handful of antiques used by the settlers join old paintings, maps and accounts from Dutch journals to paint a picture of what tropical Ayutthaya was like for the immigrants. After perusing the exhibitions, grab a coffee at the on-site cafe or wander next door to a working boatyard on land that was once part of the East India Company’s port.

Transport information

Baan Hollanda is located south of the island, on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River off Highway 3477, about halfway between Wat Phanan Choeng and the Japanese Village.

Contact details for Baan Hollanda

Coordinates (for GPS): 100º34'38.47" E, 14º20'24.73" N
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Admission: 50 baht

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David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.

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