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Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall

Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall

One of Bangkok’s newest museums, opened in 2010, the Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall recounts the rich history of Bangkok’s royal city, referred to locally as Rattanakosin Island. This new generation museum is targeted mostly at Thais, and uses an impressive array of technological tricks to lure in the locals, who have something of an extreme disdain for museums. Although it aims to attract Thais, the museum will still be of interest to western visitors. Indochina tours Thailand

Since the word Rattanakosin refers to precious gems, the museum’s logo features an elaborately-designed square that features nine colors, representing the auspicious gemstones of chrysoberyl, diamond, emerald, garnet, moonstone, ruby, sapphire, topaz and zircon.

Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall

Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall

The Museum is divided into nine halls, with nine topics, spanning over 4,800 square meters. Besides the exhibition halls, the building also has a 300 square meter Event Hall on the ground floor for artistic and cultural events organized by educational institutions and private agencies. There are nine rooms spread out on three floors and visitors are shown around by a beaming, cheerful guide. Classic Thailand 7D – 6N

Each room features exhibits relating to different aspects of the Rattanakosin Era. But fret not, there are no long, tedious explanations. Branding itself “an interactive, self-learning center,” rather than a museum, Nitas Rattanakosin keeps visitors entertained with sophisticated multimedia displays and touch-screen booths. The content mainly focuses on the rich past of the Rattanakosin period, highlighting royal culture, graceful Thai architecture, traditional performances and ceremonies.

Visitors can view 4D multimedia spectacles presenting the beginning of the Rattanakosin

Visitors can view 4D multimedia spectacles presenting the beginning of the Rattanakosin

Visitors can view 4D multimedia spectacles presenting the beginning of the Rattanakosin, see the most perfect model of the Grand Palace and the animation illustrating the legend of the Emerald Buddha, or enjoy the 360° multimedia demonstrating various forms of entertainment in the Rattanakosin period. You can also learn the colorful Thai way of living via the multi touch technology.

A visit to the Renowned Ceremonies Room allows visitors to learn more about official Royal ceremonies, such as the Royal Barge Procession and the Royal Ploughing Ceremony. It should be mentioned that the museum is far more Thai propaganda than unbiased fact, but even with that in mind it is beautifully displayed and presented.

The content mainly focuses on the rich past of the Rattanakosin period, highlighting royal culture, graceful Thai architecture, traditional performances and ceremonies

The content mainly focuses on the rich past of the Rattanakosin period, highlighting royal culture, graceful Thai architecture, traditional performances and ceremonies

All exhibits are displayed in Thai and English and there are tours available in English leaving every 20 minutes, lasting up to 2 hours (2 routes available). The Museum Library carries some rare books and invaluable publications, as well as an extensive range of Krung Rattanakosin information.

Outside the museum, two statues similar to the ones you will find at the Grand Palace welcome you in, and in the lobby is the first of many interactive displays: a skyline of the old town that sends flocks of birds flying as you walk past.

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