National Museum: Splendours of Thai Art

A few months ago, visitors may have been somewhat disappointed to visit the Bangkok National Museum, discovering that the main highlight—the collection of Buddha statues and significant Thai treasures—had been replaced by an exhibition about Japan, while other halls were mostly closed for renovation. Now, it’s time to return to the National Museum as they present the best of Thai art in a new and contemporary presentation.

By Luc Citrinot

It is little known, but the National Museum in Bangkok is the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia with over 10,000 items on display. It is also one of the oldest in the region as the beginning of the collection was created by King Rama V in 1874.

Back in 2016, the museum unveiled the first stage of a renovation program deemed to modernise the presentation of the collections which had not changed for over 50 years. The Thai History Gallery was the centre of the first wave of renovations and is today the highlight…

Original published: 2018-10-11 10:02:07 Read the full Bangkok News here


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