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“underwhelming, very little exhibit” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bangkok Corrections Museum

Bangkok Corrections Museum
Ranked #245 of 524 things to do in Bangkok
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Sydney, Australia
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“underwhelming, very little exhibit”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2013

located on a former prison, it exhibits some (very few) types of tortures, excecutions, punishments meted out to prisoners of a bygone era. of what's left of a once huge prison complex, there is now only 3 buildings, one with rows of cells, inside which are some models/exhibits. [the rest of the complex is now a park]

text explanations are sparse, wrong english spelling everywhere.

visitors required to take shoes off for the 'main' exhibit building, which only has some paintings on types of tortures used, and wax models of beheading and machine gun execution.

no photographing is allowed, but the museum is so sparse even if you do take photos, 50 shots will cover all the details.

overall, not worth a specific trip to the place, but ok if combined with other attractions done in one go.

admission is free

Visited December 2013
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“Interesting”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2013

The Corrections Museum covers an aspect of Thai society one doesn't read much about in guide books. That makes it really interesting. However, much of the exhibition (especially the cell tract) looks like one of these "dungeon" places that are designed to frighten people and not to inform them. The second part with some longer explanatory texts is better in this regard.

Visited November 2013
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“Bangkok Corrections Museum- Nov 2013”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2013

It was closed but I could still see some of the exhibits from the outside. I was not impressed. The place is small. In my opinion, it was not worth the time to go there.

Visited November 2013
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Vietnam
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“Interesting but poorly displayed”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2013

The Bangkok Corrections Museum used to be part of the infamous "Bangkok Hilton" prison. It is divided into two sections. The first one is locked and I had to be escorted by a uniformed officer. It was an old cell block which contained all kinds of torture instruments and wax figures. The signs, some in English, said these instruments had not been used since 1908???? There were wax figures with old officers uniforms and inmates uniforms, but they were all rotting as they were not in glass cases to protect them. Photos are forbidden in this section.

In the second section I had to remove my shoes and was offered filthy slippers. I declined and went barefoot. I suggest you take some socks or the slippers from your hotel to this museum. The second building contained an upper storey of items of interest which were better displayed. However, it was sadly lacking in English signs and those that were there were largely unintelligible. There was no information, such as when the prison stopped being a prison, in English.

The whole area is now a very pleasant public park. Even though I had the name and address written in Thai, when I got off the BTS I had to ask six taxi drivers before I found one who would take me, and the museum is on a main road. Once you get away from the main tourist areas of Bangkok the drivers either don't know where you want to go or can't read Thai.

Visited November 2013
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“Interesting visit - a real insight into the gruesome past”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2013

Visited the Bangkok Corrections museum in Mid October 2013 during our Bangkok stay. Was pouring with rain that day, but not a problem visiting here as we caught a taxi and it is predominately undercover. When we approached the old prison gates a guard informed us the museum had 2 sections then promptly led us to the first section- the old jail cell block. He informed us no photos allowed, then waited at the cell block gate, whilst we were left to browse the old cells. Each cell had a different display of various methods of torture, using mannequins. It also showed you the horrible living conditions in the old cells. We then were led to a 2 storey building where we were asked to leave our bags and take off our shoes (slippers provided) by another guard in the foyer. Again we were told no photos (couldn't help sneaking a few). This building housed lots of intricate drawings showing all the horrific forms of torture previously used. Quite graphic reading each description ...some of the more macabre were things like - peeling the victims scalp back and rubbing gravel into the open wound - cutting the victims skin open on his upper body so it hangs down like he is wearing a flesh sarong....wrapping hands in bandages, then setting on fire...the lists and drawings of tortures went on and on ..... Other rooms had full size scenes depicting various execution methods, like beheading, firing squad, lethal injection. There was no entry price for the museum, however we were encouraged to leave a donation when leaving. Definitely worth a visit, a real eye opener - if you don't mind the gruesome nature of it.

Visited October 2013
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