Having read about the Siriraj Museums, they were easier than I thought to reach using the tourist river boat, and when I found the hospital they were very helpful with directions to the various different museum buildings. The hospital site is huge, a village in itself,
Usually 40 Baht, it was free the day I visited. Much of the exhibit signage is only in Thai however it is the exhibits themselves that can be a shock to the system. First up were a number of foetuses in jars which could be quite disturbing. Next was the Tsunami exhibition where they explain in quite graphic detail (in English) the process they had to go through to identify the thousands of victims of the 2004 Tsunami. Exiting this, I was not prepared for what was around the corner, basically rows, shelves, display cabinets and jars of just about every part of the human body, including more babies and some mumified whole bodies. They have hundreds of exhibits, I can only guess that poorer people are donated to the hospital where they make a study of every way possible of dying. There are photographs of blown up, run over and even decapitated bodies that would simply not be shown in the UK. The parasitology exhibition was probably the bit I found most nauseating. I then went on to another building for the Anatomical Museum. Again there are just countless jars and cabinets full of bodies and body parts. The children suspended in formaldahyde are probably the saddest as people have left tributes of toys and sweets on the top of the jars. Like other reviewers, I was a bit surprised by the number of local children seemingly enjoying the exhibits, maybe we are just too squeamish.
That said, I was very glad I visited, and it certainly makes a change from Temples!
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