Museums, Monuments & Temples
The Giant Swing, formerly used during Brahman festivals to honour the Hindu God Shiva. Participants would swing in arcs to reach a bag of gold. Many died trying and the ritual was stopped in the 1930s. On Ti Thong Road in Banglamphu.
The Golden Jubilee Museum of Agriculture
Depicts the development of agriculture and modern uses of technology, land development, forestry and fishing. 120 seat cinema for kids to watch 3D animated movies about the Royal Projects. Phahonyothin Road. Free admission, open Tues-Sun 9:30-15:30.
Wat Trai Mitt
Home to the famous Golden Buddha, believed to be 700 to 800 years old and three metres high. Sculpted in the Sukhothai style, it is made of 5.5 tonnes solid gold. Open daily from 08:00-17:00. Near Bangkok Railway Station at Hua Lamphong.
Monument to the Expeditionary Force
Monument to the Thai Expeditionary Force that fought in the European battlefield during World War One. The ashes of dead veterans were enshrined here in 1919. Open daily in northern corner of Sanam Luang.
The Royal Thai Air Force Museum
Rare exhibits with lots of aircraft you can touch and have the kids climb into. They also have a great collection of helicopters, most of which accessible to get into. Located near Don Muang Airport, open Tues-Sun 08:00-16:00 Free admission.
King Rama I the Great Memorial
Built in 1932 to commemorate the first king in the Royal House of Chakri and founder of Bangkok as the Capital of the Kingdom of Siam. Open daily at the foot of Pathom Boromrachanuson or Rama I Great Memorial Bridge on the Bangkok side.
Built by King Rama V in 1869, this temple is a mixture of local and western styles, with the exterior of the chapel being Thai in style and the interior European. Open daily 08:00-17:00 on Fuang Nakhon Road near Wat Pho.
Built in the reign of King Rama III in 1846, the temples highlight is the Loha Prasat, a palace-like religious shrine and the only one of its kind in the world. Open daily 08:00-17:00 on Mahachai Road in Banglamphu.
Moks Bowl Village
Handicaraft village that make traditional hadhcrafted steel rounded Monks bowls used for receiving alms, demonstrations, walking distance from Khao San Road, open 10;00-20:00. Soi Ban Baht, Bamrung Meuang Road.
The Philatelic Museum
The history of the postal service in Thailand and the world. All Thai stamps and first day covers, plus international stamps. Open Tuesday to Saturday 09:00-16:00. Near Saphan Khwai BTS station.
Art deco monument erected 1932 to commererate Thailands change form absolute to constitutional monarchy, a favourite spot for public demonstrations. Ratchadamnoen Klang Road, Soi Din.
Bank of Thailand Museum
Located in the Bang Khun Phrom Palace, with exhibitions on ancient coins, Thai coins, banknotes, gold and commemorative coins. Open for pre-arranged group visitors Monday to Friday 09:30-16:00. 273 Samsen Road, Bang Khun Phrom, Bangkok 10200.
Founded in the 1700s and now a national centre for the Mahanikai monastic sect and home to one of Bangkoks two Buddhist universities. Open daily 07:00-17:00. Located on Na Phrathet Road near Thammasat University.
Northern Thai village traditional wooden house museum, reference library, display showing Thai life and rituals. Open 09:00-17:00 Monday to Saturday. Soi 21 Asoke, Sukhumvit Road.
The Gem & Jewellery Museum
Rubies and sapphires, diamond and gem cutting and precious metals. Open Monday to Friday 09:00-16:00 at the Gem & Jewelry Institute of Thailand, 3/F, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Phayathai Road, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330.
Jim Thompsons House Museum
Home of the founder of the Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company, the museum provides an opportunity to see a traditional Thai house and garden. Also a shop selling Jim Thompson silk and cafe. Open daily from 9am to 5pm. 6 Soi Kasem San 2, Rama 1 Road, Wangmai,....
Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall
Interactive museum with multimedia displays and touch screens displaying the history of Rattanakosin island and old Bangkok. 100 Baht, Guide every 20 mins, open Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-19:00 Located at 100 Ratchadamnoen Klang Road, Bangkok.
Official name : Queen Saovabha Memorial Institue, common cobra, king cobra, pit vipers used to prepeare anti venin, milking anfd feeding shows, open 08:30-14:30 / 12:00 on weekends. Corner of Rama IV and Henry Dunant Roads.
Wat Sa Ket and The Golden Mount
Constructed during the reign of King Rama I, this temple houses a Buddha relic from India and is built on an artificial hill with panoramic views of Rattanakosin Island. Open daily 07:30-17:30 at Ratchadamnoen Klang and Boripihat Road.
The City Pillar Shrine
Erected by King Rama I in 1782, the original pillar was made of cassia wood, but was replaced when dilapidated by King Rama IV. It houses the citys horoscope and images of protective deities. Open daily near the Emerald Buddha Temple.
The Museum of Buddhism Art
Large private collection of Buddha images in a presentation comprising light, sound and scent. Open daily except Monday 10:00-17:30, advance notice required all days except Saturday. 104 Soi 40, Phatthanakan Road, Suan Luang, Bangkok 10250.
King Rama III Memorial
Built by the Fine Arts Department in 1990, the bronze statue, half larger than life size, is seated on a throne and surrounded by beautiful plants. Open daily near the Royal Reception Pavilion in front of Wat Ratchanatdaram on Ratchadamnoen Road.
National Museum of Royal Barges
Museum housing ornamental barges used for processions, view the Kings personal barge - Suphannahong, easy access from tourist boat from Phra Athit or walking distance from Bangkok Noi train station. Open 09:00-17:00. Khlong Bangkok Noi, Thonburi.
King Prajadhipok Museum
Exhibits a collection of the Kings personal effects and provides information on royal activities. Open Tuesday to Sunday 09:00-16:00. King Prajadhipoks Institute, 47/101 Moo 4, Tiwanond Road, Talad Kwan Subdistrict, Muang District, Nonthaburi 11000.
Commissioned by King Rama I, the founder of Bangkok, in 1807, the highlight is the Royal Temple covered in fine mural paintings. Surrounding the Royal Temple are 156 Buddha statues. Open daily 08:30-21:00 on Ti Thong Road, Banglamphu.
A collection of antiques and royal gifts, dating from the Kingdom of Sukhothai to the Rattanakosin period. Also a section on art, archaeology, fine arts and ethnology. Open Wednesday to Sunday 09:00-16:00. Na Phrathat Road, Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok.
Traditional teak house built on wooden stilts, containing a collection of hand-woven materials, wood carvings, traditional musical instruments and sacred items. Open Tuesday to Saturday 09:00-17:00. 131 Soi Asoke, Sukhumvit 21 Road, Bangkok 10110.
Traditional Thai house with a selection of well preserved furniture and household items. Shady garden. No entrance fee. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00-16:00. 273 Charoen Krung 43 (opposite Central Post Office).
Wat Bowon Niwet
One of Bangkoks most important temples, built in 1829 and the shrine of Phra Phuttachinnasi, a beautiful Buddha image molded in 1357. Open daily 08:00-17:00 on Phra Sumen Road in Banglamphu.
The marble temple completed during the reign of King Rama V. The interior cross beams are decorated in lacquer and gold, and the walls of the courtyard lined with bronze Buddha images. Open daily 06:00-18:00 on Rama V Road, Banglamphu.