The National Gallery Bangkok

The National Gallery Bangkok

The National Gallery Bangkok
3.5
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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Choo-Beng G
Singapore, Singapore374 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Solo
Here in a historical building is Thailand’s National art gallery.
One cannot miss the influence of Italian architects in the royal style of the Chakri kings.
The admission fee of 200 baht is a little much for a small collection. Nevertheless I suppose arts funding in Thailand from the government is limited. Evident in the limited air conditioning of the building.
Go for the classical Thai pieces done mainly tempera on paper. Few pieces have withstood the challenges of the tropical humidity and insects. What’s left is stunning nevertheless. Miniatures of early Bangkok scenes and episodes from the Ramayana.
Of note are the Buddhist scrolls from the temples that show the two dimensionality of early Thai art.
For those who have been to the Jim Thomson house and admired his art collection this is an advanced edition from a national collection.
There is an exhibition of the late King’s paintings as well. Mainly of his Queen in assorted styles inspired by European artistic styles.
Written March 25, 2018
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backpacker31
Boynton Beach, FL5,760 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Solo
I found the most recent exhibits to be rather disappointing. The ‘special’ exhibition of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s paintings were all copies of the originals. Where are the originals and why is photography not allowed if these aren’t even the originals? Upstairs houses a sparse volley of Thai art dating back 100+ years. While some of the art (paintings, scrolls) was interesting, I found the lighting too dark to fully appreciate the displays. There were some sculptures that were exceptionally well crafted, yet virtually every sculpture was that of a Royal Family member. I found there was very limited diversity on display. The side and rear buildings were home to a collection of contemporary and (some) socially-aware art by Thai artists. While I enjoyed some of the art, I felt the signage/descriptions were lacking. Perhaps the most impressive part of this museum is the building it is housed in - the former Thai Mint (c. 1902) constructed in new-Palladian style. Entry fee is 200 bhat which I found to be excessive for what was on display.
Written February 5, 2018
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Lynkster
Australia248 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
During our visit, one hall was closed for renovations, and there seemed to be a limited variety to the art on display. The permanent exhibition pieces is a little small in number and variety, and given the rather high price of admission (and difficulty of access, walking from the National Museum), this was a little disappointing.
Written December 16, 2019
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Rob Nesbit
Warsaw, Poland4,062 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
It says its the National Gallery but I am not sure. The reason I enquire is because this gallery was pretty small and sparse, we didn't see a lot of art and we, more or less, were finished going through the whole place very quickly. We didn't find a lot of quality art or sculptures on display. Is this it????

Pretty disappointing for a national gallery, especially a nation as big and vibrant as Thailand. Surely they could jam pack it with quality art from all over the country????

The staff were very friendly.
And it was easy to walk around. Nice and spacious. And quiet.
But I wouldn't recommended it as a stand out place to see.
Written October 26, 2023
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BibianaBurke
Batley, UK79 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Solo
With so many wonderful free art attractions in BKK, including the BACC at Siam, why this museum even exists is baffling. I guess they just decided every capital city needs a National Gallery and threw together some random stuff. If this place was free it wouldn't be so bad, but charging 200B to see a bunch of paintings that look like they were done by (challenged) high school students and some shredded old Buddhist banners on the second floor is a total rip-off. There is a small gallery of paintings done by some of the kings of Thailand which adds a tiny bit of interest value but over all, I've been more impressed by children's drawings on fridge doors. Don't bother is my best advice.
Written August 11, 2013
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ash666
Whitley Bay1,460 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
This is a very small National Gallery with a limited amount of exhibits.
Entry fee of 200 baht which is plenty especially as some areas are closed at the moment.
The last King's paintings are interesting in a variety of styles but apart from those there isn't much, though outside there is a building with some sclulptures which are ok.
Not one to go back to, I'm afraid.
Written May 10, 2018
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Haleybob
19 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
This art gallery is tiny with hardly anything to look at, NOT worth the 200 baht entrance fee! Apparently Thailand doesn't have any artwork pre 1870 either, so the tiny selection is all modern. I would be embarrassed to call this my national gallery.
Written December 14, 2019
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Mica
Bangkok, Thailand12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Solo
I decided to visit the National Gallery in order to learn more about Thai history via the free guided tours on Wednesday and Thursday morning. The free tour was well worth it - I learned so much about the Royal Palace, architecture, the murals inside the temples, and the Royal funeral ceremony. My volunteer guide spoke perfect English.

If you are new to Bangkok and feel disoriented, I highly recommend taking this free guided tour to orient yourself a little better. Entry cost is 200 Baht roughly equivalent to $6 US Dollars per person. Worth it :)
Written September 14, 2019
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TheRealInsight
Lamai Beach, Thailand11 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Solo
Worth a visit as it was free at the time but the location didn’t really inspire me too much. I knew from reports not to expect much but as it was close to my hostel and it was free as a celebration of the King’s passing I thought, Why not? A few royal portraits, some images of Buddha and an exhibition in honour of the late King (which was the most interesting part but unfortunately is only temporary). It felt quite empty to me and I kid you not, there were a couple of un-finished paintings.
Written December 21, 2016
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WorldTraveler38
Washington DC, DC343 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
The tour taxi boat of the river drops you about four blocks from it. (last stop on the river taxi)

As someone who has seen museums around the world, I understand some of the low ratings. For example, it has some ‘art’ that wouldn’t be art anywhere else in the world, and is only there because the king drew it.

But if you go here without comparisons in mind, and just enjoy it for what it is, I think it’s nice, and gives you an actual taste of a Thai museum. We really enjoyed it because it was peaceful and some of the other exhibits are quite interesting and good art. It has an outside space with some pieces too.

It’s completely uncrowded and a decent size for a few hours.

And honestly I feel in love with one special exhibit that was going on the day we went. A Thai artist had the entire wing set up with her music and art, it was so relaxing and simply moving. I would have missed something special and unique because of the reviews, so I'm glad we discovered it just by wandering around.
Written February 7, 2019
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