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National Gallery

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Address: Chao Fa Rd., Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Phone Number: 66 2 281 2224
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Worth a look; don't plan your day around this

The curators are trying to do the best the can with gallery space which was formerly the national mint. The highlights are works by local artists and students. The bronze... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2016
wr11
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Washington state

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

The curators are trying to do the best the can with gallery space which was formerly the national mint. The highlights are works by local artists and students. The bronze sculptures, in particular, were quite unique.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

The gallery is only a five minute walk from the Khao San Road. It s free to enter. There are two rooms with paintings of and by The Royal Family and you get a good introduction from the display boards of how fine art in Thailand has developed. There is a curious (and not very good) Constable fake included! Other... More 

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Thank Roland D
Hampshire, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015 via mobile

There is a small number of ancient Thai painings and banners, many in an advanced state of decay. The modern sculptures (about 20) are the highlight of this vast but mainly empty building. Across the quadrangle is an interesting exhibition about the history of the Thai-Belgian relationship, though what place this has in an art gallery remains a mystery. Unless... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

OK, it's 200 baht only, but the National Gallery under delivers. I was the only person visiting it, on a Thursday morning. Most of the paintings, and especially the tapestries, are in severe need of restoration. The space is nice, although I cannot help but imagining how much more alive the place could be. The coffee shop was in restoration... More 

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Thank andregoiano
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Great museum, but not so many new art work, here you can see many beautiful old painting from old artist, but if you looking for new art , you should go to MOCA :)

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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This is not a spectacular art gallery by most measures and, unless you're really into art, you could give it a pass. The permanent collection is only so-so, and many will not consider the 200 baht entrance worth it. But they often have temporary exhibits (usually without cost) that are sometimes really cool (e.g., photos of old Bangkok). Watch out... More 

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Florence, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Though the permanent collection of painti paintings is small and mostly unimpressive, the pavillions behind the main building hold some interesting exhibits. When I was there, a photography exhibit of old Thailand and a hall of contemporary sculpture. Not tops on my list of places to visit, but good for a lazy day if you're in the area.

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Melbourne Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

In a beautiful old building the museum has some nice sculptures and a mixture of paintings and tapestries but the real gem right now is the photographs of John Thomson taken in Thailand, Cambodia, and China in the 1860s and after. Many shots of the Royal court and Bangkok and beyond. Some of the oldest photos of Angkor Wat when... More 

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England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

There are two parts to this gallery. The first is in the main, older building, where you pay 200bht entry. In the first room, is a small collection of paintings by Thai royalty, which I found very interesting. Following this, is two rooms of Thai Royal portraits and Thai aristocracy, and a reproduction of John Constsble's The Hay Wain -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Dear all traveler's friend. Regarding some comments below. I don't know about what are you expecting from the art gallery. but for me if I am visiting the art gallery and there was even only one piece of art in there can live up to my taste of art I would be happy already. So I am so sorry that... More 

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While you’ll see skyscrapers in most parts of Bangkok, it’s the gilded roofs of ancient pagodas that adorn the skyline of Banglamphu, the city’s historical and most touristic district. Hordes of tourists flock to this area to tick quite a few must-see attractions off their to-do list, with the Grand Palace being the most spectacular of them all. Banglamphu is also home to Bangkok’s infamous tourist ghetto, centered around Khao San Road. Visit at night to feast on road-side pad thai, cheap beers and if you’re up for it, some dancing fueled by buckets of Thai whiskey.