Thailand’s dusty treasures

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I like going to museums. But Thailand’s National Museum in Bangkok is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. It’s like one of those fairy tale places that have fallen under a spell and are asleep for a hundred years.

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The museum is housed in a number of former palace building, but also comprises a Buddhist pagoda and some “newer” buildings from the 1960’s.

The strange thing is that hardly anyone in Bangkok seems to be aware of the National Museum. My taxi driver didn’t even know where it was and had to ask for directions on the way.

The museum is a very quiet place. Fallen out of time. There were hardly any other visitors at the museum the Sunday I was there. Almost the only life you saw were middle-aged Thai ladies placed in every exhibition room as museum guards – more softly snoozing than supervising the visitors.

The museum’s collection is eclectic. Everything from golden Buddhas to royal porcelain and a shell collection. From doll houses to the royal funeral chariots and a collection of shadow puppets.

All exhibits all seem a little dusty, like someone put the together fifty years ago and then forgot about them. But all in all very charming and just the place to go if you’re looking for a little quiet time in Bangkok.


Written by Thorsten

December 11, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Posted in asia, this and that, travel

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  1. thanks for your comment to my post. where are you off to next? and can I ask how you find my post on sapa? best of luck in your travels…. natalie


    December 14, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    • Dear Natalie, thanks for your reply. I found your post through “Readomattic” (I think this used to be called the “tag surfer” function on wordpress). Enjoyed reading your post. My next destination is South Africa — looking forward to escaping the European winter…


      December 14, 2011 at 4:41 pm

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