History Museums in Bangkok

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History Museums in Bangkok

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  • scottofhawaii
    Honolulu, HI7,906 contributions
    ...when I came here. My laptop is down (and out) so it's been taking me some time to get to a few reviews I've been meaning to write. This place was one of those - actually, especially one of those. Usually, if I don't write one within a day or two of the experience, I let it pass and move on to something else. For some reason, I've been wanting to say a few things about this interestingly put together, small museum themed on the famous/infamous/notorious - there are too many adjectives coming to mind right now - Patpong area. A visit to this somewhat quaint, somewhat uncurated (I believe) museum is certainly a unique diversion from the hedonistic nightlife/entertainment the area mostly offers and that is well documented at this museum. What is also well documented here is the American War in Vietnam, particularly the bombing of Laos which seems to occupy a good part of the content of the displays and video that was shown. I would say that it was a bit of overkill with that focus. While certainly interesting and I definitely learned some things - Tony Poe for example - that I didn't know before, I guess I felt some discomfort that there is so much about the war put out. I realize the GI's - which evidently included a group of shady American government characters - came to Patpong for R&R and whatnot and these people certainly flavoured the area, but maybe the space and time would be better spent on more about say the girls (and the boys, and the ladyboys) who "enrich" the Patpong experience for whomever is visiting. I wanted hear about their "hunger" for whatever brought them here to do this work they do. You know something, I don't why felt discomfort about all the war stuff - probably just some abnormal insecurity about my American identity inherent in me. Don't ask; I don't even know what I mean. So, the museum did also cover the history of the Chinese family who started it all in Patpong as well as some things about the clubs and "entertainers" I was talking about before. There was an American gentleman with an off-beat sense of humor who served as our guide. I remember coming to like him way better as the tour progressed than I did when it started out when I asked him if he was the owner of the place. He replied something like he only takes out the trash here. I believe he has more significance to the museum than that. I deeply respect and find intense dignity in those who do take out the/our/my trash and keep things clean for those of us who are blessed and not forced by life's circumstances to do this work. Negative comments even in jest about such work has always put me off. That being said, I could see during the tour he is a good guy though. And also for some reason, I got the impression he helps out people here in Thailand. Well then again, if you know me, I'm more times than not wrong about people so... So there was also an enchanting woman here with the unforgetable, somewhat seductive name of Apple who was kind enough to take care of a little scrape on my arm that was slightly bleeding. Yeah, I was distracted a little from the museum's content by her. Yeah. I think good people run this museum, and they are on some kind of journey themselves in setting-up, building, curating, maintaining (whatever) this I would say "must-see" attraction in Bangkok. Man, did it take me a long time to write this review. I'm doing it on a tablet using a separate keyboard and mouse. I'm so glued to using the Windows platform and find writing more tedious using Chrome or Android or whatever this thing I'm on is. And I'm sickened with the thought of going out and having to buy a new laptop. The older I get, the less though I want to put into things, especially shopping. I complicate everything mundane.
    Written May 1, 2022
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  • ontheroadmaryg
    London, Canada148 contributions
    Our private guide took us through the Portuguese old quarters of Bangkok. Such a unique and off the beaten path. Not touristy at all. This museum/restaurant is a key stop in any tour of this area. Lovely cool courtyard, great stop for a drink. The museum is within this old villa and has lots of interesting artifacts .
    Written April 6, 2020
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  • e2121
    117 contributions
    This is a little museum in ban bang khen, Bangkok with coke cola, and other memorabilia from the good old days.

    It has a nice Cafe with food also.
    Has many public buses that drop you off right in front.
    Written May 30, 2019
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  • Lynkster
    Australia253 contributions
    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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  • Carl L
    Santa Cruz, CA38 contributions
    The king's mother is not well known in history, but is a very noble and humble woman. She reared her children in "normal" manner, in which they made their own beds, etc. Her generosity of spirit and deed really come through in the museum. It was undergoing some significant renovations when we were there. As wonderful a part as she played in the life and values of #9, I think her museum deserves a little more care and improved presentation. But it is well worth the time in any case. While you are there take a short walk to the nearby temple on a big hillside, which you can easily see from any street running away from the river. Climb to the upper most temple and enjoy the view. Sorry I don't know the name of the temple, but the museum guards can guide you there.
    Written July 10, 2018
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  • Sandy W
    Vancouver, Canada1,296 contributions
    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.”
    Written October 27, 2019
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  • WAYBEYONDPADTHAI
    Bangkok, Thailand138 contributions
    I was lucky enough to go visit there when Wang Derm Palace (พระราชวังเดิม)’s open for 2 weeks for all to go visit. Unfortunately, most of the places just don’t allow taking photos nor videos. Though, you could always go and pay some respect at the King Taksin the great just right in front of the palace.
    Written December 29, 2018
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  • TayLunlaa
    Thanyaburi, Thailand418 contributions
    The Rattanakosin learning center in the mid town. Only 100 Thai baht for the fee (2 parts, 100 each). Each part will take you around 2 hours. They provide the translator machine for foriegner and the staff in each room also explain the story and inform you to use. It's quite interesting exhibition with light and sound.
    Written November 10, 2017
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  • Sirima S
    Bangkok, Thailand11 contributions
    This place brings you back in time to those good old days in the reign of King Rama V. It is located in the red building called Thawon Watthu Building which takes only few minutes walk from Grand Palace and there is no entrance fee. The building comprises of two sections which are King Rama V Memorial Exhibition and King Rama V Memorial Library. The Fine Arts Department registered it as the National Ancient Monument in 1977. The exhibition shows the work of King Rama V, one of the greatest Thai kings. More information on his works and way of life can be found in the library which contains books written by King Rama V, biographies and his works. Love the place and the wonderful architecture of this building!
    Written September 7, 2020
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  • HINA W
    Islamabad, Pakistan6,322 contributions
    This building is also called Tuek Daeng. It was constructed by King Rama V after his crown prince Vajirunhis died of typhoid in his teens. The king thought that it was a waste of resources to build a funeral building for the dead prince so he decided to construct an educational institute for the monks. So he got this Khmer style building made. It was converted to an exhibition hall of King Rama V’s history and works. In 1966 it was converted to a library and research centre for social sciences. You will have a hard time locating this classic building as it is generally hidden behind the tour buses parked in front of it.
    Written October 12, 2018
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  • Joe
    Bangkok, Thailand3,178 contributions
    Intresting spot. Might be boring to some but I liked it. House made from teakwood including all furniture. I loved the photographs everywhere, they really tell a story.     It's located inside the temple area.   Ticket 30baht.   Worth a look if you visit the temple
    Written August 14, 2022
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