Museums, Monuments & Temples

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.
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.
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.
National Museum
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.
Wat Ratchanatdaram
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.
Museum of Siam
Using a variety of interactive techniques, the exhibits encourage visitors to investigate, play games and discover the story of Thailand for themselves. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-18:00. Located close to the Grand Palace and Wat Po. Sanamchai Road.
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.
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.
Democracy Monument
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.
Wat Suthat
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.
Wat Arun
The temple of dawn, with its porcelain encrusted Khmer-style central pagoda, is one of Bangkoks most famous landmarks, best photographed at sunset. Open daily 07:30-17:30 at 34 Arun Amarin Road, Kwang Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, Bangkok.
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.
Wat Phra Kaew
The Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which adjoins the Grand Palace on common ground consecrated in 1782. The Emerald Buddha is actually carved out of of a type of jade, and placed on a pedestal high above worshippers. Open daily 08:30-15:30.
The National Art Gallery
Traditional and contemporary works of art by Thai artists. Open Wednesday to Sunday 09:00-16:00. Opposite the National Theatre. Chao Fa Road, Phanakorn, Bangkok 10200.
The Bangkok Planetarium and Science Museum
The museum includes a planetarium, science and technology exhibitions as well as sports science exhibitions. Near Ekkamai bus station. Open Tuesday to Sunday 08:30-16:30. 928 Sukhumvit Road, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110.
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.
National Science Museum
Involves individuals in the excitement of science and technology using interactive exhibits and everyday examples. Tuesday to Thursday 09:30-16:30. Friday to Sunday 09:30-17:00. Technoplis, Klong 5, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120.
Queen Savang Vadhana Museum
Museum in a former residence of Queen Savang Vadhana. Reservation in advance required. Open Friday and Saturdays 10:00-16:00. Museum entrance is near Siam Paragon, Siam BTS. Srapathum Palace, 195 Phayathai Road, Bangkok 10330.
The Grand Palace
The major architectural symbol of the Thai Royal Family, and now used only for ceremonial purposes. Personal audio guides are available for rent. Open daily from 08:30-15:30 on Maharat Road near the Chang Wang Luang Pier.
Kamthieng House
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.
Childrens Discovery Museum
Multi zoned mini park features Amazing Vision Zone, water play, playhouse, build and science zone etc. Located adjacent to Chatuchak Weekend Market and the park, close to BTS and MRT. Open 10:00-18:00 Tuesday to Sunday, free admission.
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.
Wat Intharawihan
Thirty two metre tall Buddha image called Luang Po To, constructed between 1867 and 1927. Open daily 08:30-20:00. Th Wisut Kasat, in Banglamphu.
Erawan Museum
Museum with a giant three headed elephant art display. Inside the building there are three floors of antiquities and ancient religious objects. Open every day from 08:00-18:00. Situated at 494 Ratchawithi Road, Pathumwan 10330.
Wat Mahathat
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.
Suan Pakkad Palace
Collection of seven traditional Thai homes and a former royal weekend resort. Exhibits include musical instruments, Khon masks and costumes, cermanics and personal items. Open daily 09:00-16:00. Near Phaya Thai BTS station on Si Ayutthaya Road.
Sao Ching-Cha
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.
Vimanmek Mansion Museum
Golden teak royal mansion with 81 rooms, halls and ante-chambers containing fin de siecle royal memorabilia. Open daily 09:30-16:30. Thai dancing shows daily at 10:30 and 14:00. Located in the Dusit Palace compound on Ratchawithi Road.
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.
The Princess Mother Memorial Park
Commemorating the life of Princess Srinakarin who died in 1995, with gardens and a museum located where she grew up. Gardens open daily 06:00-18:00 and museum open daily 09:00-16:00. Soi 3, Somdet Chao Phraya Road, Khlong San.
Bangkokian Museum
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).
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.
Ancient City
The "worlds largest open air museum" highlights the architecture and arts of Thailand through the ages. Open every day from 08:00-17:00. 296/1 Sukhumvit Road, Bangpoo, Samut Prakan 10280.
Ban Kamthieng
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.
Wat Ratchabophit
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.
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.
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.
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 09:00-17:00. 6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road, Bangkok
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.
Wat Pho
Founded in the 16th century, this is the oldest and largest temple in Bangkok, most famous for its golden reclining Buddha, which measures 46 metres. Also a meditation centre with Thai massage. Open daily 08:30-18:00 on Maharat Road, Ratanakosin.
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.
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.
Chaosamphraya National Museum
Houses a number of antique bronze Buddha images as well as many gold treasures, including a fifteenth century crouching elephant. Open Wednesday to Sunday 09:00-16:00. Rotchana Road, Ayutthaya.
Wat Benchamabophit
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.
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.
For Arts Sake
4D Museum open every day from 10:00 am-8:00 pm. Located on Thanon Phetkasem, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan
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.
Snake Farm
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.
Thai Film Archive
Packed with exhibits from Thai cinema, memorabilia, life size mock-ups of characters and other historical objects. Screening room with many vintage films shown, free admission, open daily 09:00-17:00 Salaya, Buddhamonthon Sai 5.

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