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Songkhla National Museum

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Built in an elegant Chinese style in 1878, the former palace that now houses Songkhla National Museum is the most impressive single piece of heritage architecture in a town with no shortage of it.

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With white mortar walls, bright-red doors and ceramic tiles on a sloping roof, the building housed Songkhla’s ruling family in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and was later used as city hall before opening as a museum in 1982. Wander into the courtyard for a vantage of the structure’s graceful symmetry before strolling on the open-sided balconies.

History lives at the Songkhla National Museum. Photo taken in or around Songkhla National Museum, Songkhla, Thailand by David Luekens.

History lives at the Songkhla National Museum. Photo: David Luekens

Though the exhibits pale in comparison to those at the Southern Thai Folklore Museum on Ko Yo, you will find portraits of Songkhla’s early leaders, old cannons and ancient Srivjaya- and Dvaravati-style religious images. Perhaps more interesting is a series of info boards explaining the long history of Singora / Songkhla, including its early Muslim rulers and their relations with traders from France, Portugal, Holland and Britain. Out the back you’ll find striking masks used in manora dance performances as part of an exhibit on local ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)


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