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“A Historic Gem in Songkhla City” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Songkhla National Museum

Songkhla National Museum
Ranked #8 of 24 things to do in Songkhla
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Owner description: Housed in a 19th-century former governor's mansion, this museum exhibits a collection of artifacts from the province.
Songkhla, Thailand
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“A Historic Gem in Songkhla City”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2012

The museum recently got a facelift and increased its prices as well! If you are coming for a one-time visit, I would highly recommend an hour or so in the peaceful and beautiful settings of this city museum. It may not be spectacular but it is very good!

Visited October 2011
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Hat Yai, Thailand
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“Better beyond expectation.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2012

museum leads you back to 300+ yrs ago. to show how people gather in this area. also provide english language. there're staff there who willing to decribe more about the history. but not sure they fluent for english or not.

I remember that museum close on monday. pls check for any change or not.

Visited February 2012
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Chengdu, China
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“Lovely Old Building, Scalding New Price”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2012

Songkhla is one of the most charming of Thai towns. Set on a sandy peninsula between an inlet and the Gulf of Thailand, it is cut off from the bustle of Hat Yai and the rest of Thailand. Ocean breezes often drift along the streets and the people are friendly, unjaded by tourism so far.

Having said that, it is the seaside atmosphere which is its greatest asset, rather than any specific sights. Probably the best single sight is the Songkhla National Museum, set in a 130 year old Chinese mansion, with wooden floors, soaring roof tops and bright red shutters. If only Songkhla had preserved a few more buildings like this, it wouldn't have stayed so far off the tourist radar.

The collection is also impressive. There is a fine collection of Sriwijaya bronzes dating back 1000 years or more as well as Chinese porcelain and beautiful woodwork from an 18th century wat. What is less impressive (no pun intended) is the fact that foreigners are now charged 5 times the Thai price to enter- $5 US rather than 30 baht for Thais. This is presumably the policy at all branches of National Museums now and considering how the labeling in these places hasn't been updated for years, it seems unjustified.

Visited March 2012
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solna
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“My kind of place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2008

I visited this musuem in the spring of 2004 and found it to be perfectly suited to my own tastes.
The exhibitions are an odd jumble of diverse things ranging from a pile of whale bones (in no particular order) to examples of very heavy furniture. I find this kind of collection, while lacking perhaps in well organised educational aim, to be extremely enteraining visually and intellectually as well as containing many surprises. However the true star of the museum is the building itself which is a very pleasing(and restored) chinese merchants house.
Thanks to this building I finally succumbed to the chinese love of bright scarlet red.
I found this place well worth an unhectic hour or so and the press of visitors was more or less non existent.

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