National Museum

National Museum

The first museum was introduced in Thailand in the reign of King Rama IV (18511868). The King used two buildings the Grand Palace to keep his private antique collections. The first public museum was opened in 1874. the museum was relocated in 1887 to the area of the Crown Prince’s palace after the Crown Prince appointment post was abolished. At present, many significant buildings in the former Crown Prince’s Palace are being used as National Museum exhibition halls.

To get there: take Chao Phraya Tourist Boat upriver to Maharaj Pier and upon leaving proceed straight ahead to Maharaj Road turn left of about 100 m. to reach Thamasat University turn right along the wall of the University then turn left of about 300 m. to arrive at the National Museum on your left. Museum is open Wednesday to Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm. Admission is 40 Baht for foreigner and 20 Baht for Thai.

City Pillar Shrine

City Pillar Shrine

King Rama I laid a City Pillar Foundation on April 21, 1782 at 6:45 a.m. The first restoration was done in the reign of King Rama IV. It featured a kind of wood called Chaiyaphreuk in gold and black lacquer at the height of 108 inches above the ground. It goes 79 inches under the ground. It underwent a major renovation in 1980. there are traditional Thai theatre troupes available for worshippers who wish to sponsor a respectful gesture to the pillar.

To get there: Leave the Chao Phraya Tourist Boat at Maharaj Pier and proceed straight about 75 m. to Maharaj Road turn right of about 200 m. turn left along the left side of Na Phra Lan road. Passing the Grand Palace on your right and Sanam Luang on your left you will reach the intersection with Sanam Chai Road. Continue across Saman cahi Road and the Chai Pillar will be directly ahead.

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