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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 ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)


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