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King Prajadhipok Museum

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King Prajadhipok Museum

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2 Lanluang Rd. Registered Heritage Building, Phanfalilat Bridge, Bangkok 10100 Thailand
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Sandy W wrote a review Oct 2019
Vancouver, Canada1,295 contributions211 helpful votes
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A small museum, a little bit difficult to find. The displays are only on the third floor and reflect the teachings of this king. The displays are about sovereignty and the rule of law, and diversity in a democratic society. Seems particularly relevant in North America at this time! 😊 “Sovereignty comes from the people. The monarch exercises that power but by the provisions of the Constitution.”
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Date of experience: October 2019
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bobjanh wrote a review Oct 2019
Brisbane, Australia1,481 contributions460 helpful votes
Only some 300m north of Wat Saket, I would recommend a visit to this museum. Located in a beautifully restored buildings, it presents excellent details (with extensive English language provided) of the life and times of King Prajadhipok and his Queen. Learnt a lot here and throughly enjoyed the experience. There is no charge to enter and the staff are super-friendly. They certainly give you a warm welcome to the museum. It is very easy to spend a couple of hours here.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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APinBKK wrote a review Feb 2018
Bangkok, Thailand183 contributions77 helpful votes
This museum covers King Prajadhipok's whole life and has many items that pertain to his life. The displays are informative and are arranged in an appealing fashion. The museum aided in my understanding of Thai history during the first quarter (plus) of the 20th century.
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Date of experience: February 2018
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backpacker31 wrote a review Feb 2018
Boynton Beach, Florida5,375 contributions1,063 helpful votes
Prior to visiting this museum I had not heard of King Prajadhipok. Although his life was cut short a way too early of an age, it was his forward thinking ideas such as compulsory education and a democratic government that has helped shape the Thailand we know today. The museum building, dating back to 1906 was once a Public Works building. The structure itself both inside and out is an attraction unto itself - obviously well preserved, maintained and refurbished. There are three levels inside. They contain photos, mementos, artwork, clothing, furniture, etc. of the King and Queen. The story of his life is exceptionally well laid out in chronological order from his birth to his death. Of particular interest are of his travels overseas to learn about how other democratic governments operated and to see how expanding a country’s middle class (at the time Thailand has virtually no middle class) played an important role in its success on the world stage. The entrance fee is free. I spent almost three hours here - and saw only two other people. If you’re tired of looking at temples and want a break from the heat, I recommend spending an afternoon here.
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Date of experience: February 2018
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aguhl wrote a review May 2017
Bogota, Colombia268 contributions144 helpful votes
This museum is in a very nice and well renovated late 19th century building. The key figure is King Prajadhipok, also known as Rama VII and how he was deposed as an absolute monarch in 1932. Through photographs and text you learn a lot of Thailand's history, how in the mid 19th big colonial powers like France and the UK basically bullied Siam, invaded parts of it and imposed difficult commercial conditions for Thailand (then Siam). Through King Prajadhipok you can understand how was the transition to a modern constitutional monarchy in Thailand. You also get a glimpse of late 19th and early 20th century Thai living conditions and how this King was keen on a democratic transition in Thailand, but later than when it happened. The character, the pictures, and the historical photos reminded me a little bit of "The King and I".
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Date of experience: May 2017
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