A history of the old town
Published/Last edited or updated: 17th July, 2017
Opened in 2010, the Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall presents a history of Bangkok’s old quarter through interactive exhibits that both knowledge-hungry adults and rambunctious kids will enjoy.
Among the nine rooms you’ll find a wide range of artistic mediums and technology to keep visitors entertained while explaining the background of Rattanakosin, the royal quarter founded by King Rama I in 1782. Extensive info on royal culture, traditional performance and royal ceremonies includes a large model of the Grand Palace displaying how life unfolded when the Thai court resided there.
Different angles on the history of the old quarter are also provided, with thorough discussions of the area’s development and population through the decades. One section spotlights the numerous craft villages which have been a part of the city since its birth. It should be mentioned that the museum is more Thai propaganda than unbiased fact, but even with that in mind it is beautifully presented.
On the fourth floor you can have a coffee while checking out a view of Wat Ratchanatdaram and Wat Saket’s golden mount. Afterwards you could head next door to peep at rotating exhibitions at the Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Centre.
All visitors must explore the museum with tours that depart every half-hour and take a solid two hours. Audio guides are provided in various languages.
The museum is located just west of Democracy Monument on the south side of Ratchadamnoen Ave, a five-minute walk west of Phanfah Leelard Bridge Pier on the San Saeb canal boat line, and a 10-minute walk east of Khao San Road.
Address: 100 Ratchadamnoen Klang Rd
T: (02) 621 0044;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º30'12.48" E, 13º45'21.93" N
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Admission: 100 baht
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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