Bangkok Doll Museum
& Other Museums in Bangkok
The Bangkok Doll Museum is located on Soi Ratchataphan (Soi Mo Leng) off Ratchaprarop Road in the Pratunam area.
Hours of Operation:
8.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Saturday, except national holidays, and admission is free.
Telephone: + 66 2 245-3008
85 Soi Ratchataphan (Soi Mo Leng), Th Ratchaprarop
On the Bangkok Doll Museum and Factory
"It’s no exaggeration to say the dolls crafted in this modest workshop have become the template for dolls sold in countless tourist stores across Thailand. The workshop was founded by Khunying Tongkorn Chandevimol in 1956 after she completed a doll-making course while living in Japan. Upon her return to Thailand, she began researching and making dolls, drawing from Thai mythology and historical periods. Her dolls, often in Thai hill-tribe and rural costumes, have won several international awards. Today her personal collection includes 400 dolls from around the world, plus important pieces from her own workshop, where you can watch the figures being crafted by hand. The museum is difficult to find: it is best approached via Th Si Ayuthaya heading east. Cross under the expressway past the intersection with Th Ratchaprarop and take the soi to the right of the post office. Follow this windy street until you start seeing signs. Easier, take a taxi and get the driver to call the museum for directions."
--Lonely Planet review for Bangkok Doll Factory & Museum
Bangkok, although not particularly known for its arts galleries and museums, does have several which present different facets of Thailand`s fascinating history and culture during its development into a modern nation. The Bangkok Doll Museum is not the only one of note.
The most important is the National Museum, already mentioned in the section on Sanam Luang and the Grand Palace. Recently expanded, the museum is rated as one of the best of its kind in Southeast Asia. Housed in a series of buildings which were formerly the palace of the second king, usually a brother of the reigning king, the museum has guided tours in all major languages. For the details consult the information section of the museum`s guidebook.
The displays are arranged according to the various historical periods of Thai art. Buddhist sculpture makes up most of its collection, but its exhibits also contribute greatly to the understanding of Thai habits, tradition and lifestyle. Artifacts from royalty are displayed along with the most humble utensils of upcountry rural life. Prospective purchasers of Thai art or antiques would do well to familiarize themselves with the styles explained at the museum, before you are venturing into the marketplace.
Siriraj, Thailand`s first moder hospital opened in 1888 by King Rama V, is still one of the largest in the country, and contains ten museums, including its best known, the Museum of Forsenic
Medicine. Here, rather frightening examples of misdeeds are shown, including the preserved body of a Chinese mass murderer, executed about 60 years ago. The museum is near Bangkok Noi station.
Bangkok`s Imaging Technology Museum
1 Phayathai Road, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, CT, 10330, Thailand
Telephone: +66 2 218 5583
The Imaging Technology Museum, located near the main gate of Chulalongkorn University on Phya Thai Road. On the map below the Museum of Imaging Technology is "A"
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The Museum of Imaging Technology was constructed in close cooperation with large multinational photo supply and camera companies from Japan and the US. Intended as a working museum, and providing a home for the Department of Photographic Science at the university, the museum has an extensive display of old cameras, some having belonged to the kings of Thailand. The photo displays have examples dating back to the 19th century and separate sections show the very latest photographic technology, set up by major companies. A must for photo buffs.
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