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Corrections Museum

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Occupying a former prison that now sits inside a public park, the Corrections Museum offers an unnerving yet fascinating journey through the history of Thai prisons and the many forms of torture once carried out in them. Beware—this is not for the faint of heart.

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This former maximum security prison was built in 1890 by decree of King Rama V, who apparently modelled it after the British-run prisons then found in Singapore. After a relatively brief but brutal period of operation, the inmates were gradually shifted to the now-notorious Bang Khwang Prison in Nonthaburi, affectionately known as the “Bangkok Hilton”.

You can almost still hear the screams. Photo taken in or around Corrections Museum, Bangkok, Thailand by David Luekens.

You can almost still hear the screams. Photo: David Luekens

Most of the former prison site was reborn in the 1990s as Romaneenat Park, a tranquil slice of inner-city green where joggers and mothers pushing strollers have replaced horrendous forms of torture. On the park’s eastern fringe, one of the original cell blocks, the prison wall with watchtowers and two buildings that once housed prison offices have all been preserved. In them you’ll find a disturbingly comprehensive collection of penal-related relics and exhibits.

When we arrived, a park security guard dressed like a cop motioned us to follow as he unlocked the chunky padlocks on the steel barred gate. Inside, each of the dark cells contains an exhibit in which dumbfounded-looking wax prisoners—or just their wax heads—display how different forms of torture were carried out before Rama V abolished them in 1908. In this gruesome era that stretches back to the Ayutthaya period and beyond, the Siamese penal system—along with those of countless other nations—was based mainly on punishment through extreme pain and ... Travelfish members only (Around 500 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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The Corrections Museum is located on Mahachai Road, in the western part of Romaneenart Park, and a half-km southeast of Wat Suthat.

Corrections Museum
436 Mahachai Rd, Bangkok
Mo–Fr: 09:30–16:00
T: (02) 226 1706 
Admission: Donations only

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