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National Museum

The National Museum features the largest collection of Thai art and artifacts in the country and itís probably one of the most important repositories of Southeast Asian antiquities in the world. The National Museum collection encompasses a wide range of pieces including Neolithic tools, recovered jewelry and gems, giant shadow puppets, sculptures, Khon masks, clothing, Buddhist religious artifacts, armaments, ivory, woodcarving, musical instruments, antiques and more from around Southeast Asia. To see the entire collection, which is highly recommended, plan to spend a few hours.

The museum was established and opened in 1874 by King Rama V around the private collection of antiquities of his father King Rama IV. Today the galleries contain a vast collection of Thai art and artifacts.

Six buildings make up the National Museum; the first building is the Sivamokhapiman Hall, a Thai history and prehistory gallery. Opposite here is Buddhaisawan Chapel built in 1787, which contains the revered Phra Buddha Sihing image, brought here from its original home in Chiang Mai and impressive murals.

Located beside the Grand Palace at Sanam Luang is open only from Wednesday to Sunday, 9:00 to 16:00 and closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and public holidays. There are free English tours, starting at 09:30 on Wednesdays and Thursdays. On Wednesdays, tours are also available in French and Japanese, in German on Thursdays. Guided tours in some other languages can be arranged.

Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace
Jim Thompson's House
National Museum
Wat Pho
Wat Arun
Vimanmek Palace
Chatuchak Weekend Market
The Suan Pakkad Palace Museum
Wat Benchamabophit

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