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National Museum Bangkok

Journey through the various stages of Thailand’s history at the home of the nation’s biggest art and crafts collection.

Visit National Museum Bangkok to see valuable pieces of Thai heritage and art up close. View ancient sculptures, royal antiques and statues of Buddha from every era of Thai history, all surrounded by traditional Thai architecture.

The National Museum Bangkok dates back to the 19th century. King Rama V started a public museum in 1874 in the Grand Palace complex to display the many treasures left to him by his father. This collection was later moved to nearby Wang Na and kings have since added to it.

Today, the museum’s many galleries span history from the time of the first capital cities, Sukothai and Ayutthaya, through to Rattanakosin and the modern Thai Kingdom. You could spend a day looking at just the collection of art, musical instruments, costumes and antiques. If you have limited time, grab a map from the entrance and take your pick from galleries dedicated to different artistic periods and various Asian regions.

Visit the teak Red House, built for a sister of King Rama I, and admire the Chinese carved bed. Most people visit the Buddhasaiwan shrine, an ornate building which contains some of the oldest murals in Bangkok and a Phra Phutta Sihing statue. Bangkok is one of three cities that claims to have the original of this highly-revered Buddha figure. Whether the real thing or not, this statue is paraded around each Thai New Year so people can sprinkle it with water for luck.

In the ornate halls, you’ll also find other still-functional relics such as the funeral chariots. These decorative carriages occasionally take royals to their final resting place.

he museum is located in the Old City. You can walk to it from the Grand Palace or Khao San Road, or take a taxi or the ferry to Tha Phrachan Nuea pier. It is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and national public holidays. There is an admission fee, and there are in-depth tours that you can join if you visit early morning on Wednesday or Thursday.


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Rambuttri Village Inn & Plaza $23
Rambuttri Village Inn & Plaza

Rambuttri Village Inn & Plaza

95 Soi Ram Buttri, Bangkok
     
    3.7
    of 5, from 1,528 reviews
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    Located in Khao San, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Democracy Monument, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and Grand Palace. Khao San Road and National Museum Bangkok are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Riva Surya Bangkok $84
    Riva Surya Bangkok

    Riva Surya Bangkok

    23 Phra Arthit Road Pranakorn, Bangkok
       
      4.7
      of 5, from 630 reviews
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      Located in Phra Nakhon, this family-friendly Bangkok hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Khao San Road and National Museum Bangkok. Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Grand Palace are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Dang Derm Hotel $34
      Dang Derm Hotel

      Dang Derm Hotel

      1 Khaosan Road, Phranakorn, Bangkok
         
        3.6
        of 5, from 440 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Khao San, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Khao San Road, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and Wat Ratchanadda. Grand Palace and National Museum Bangkok are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        D&D Inn $23
        D&D Inn

        D&D Inn

        68-70 Khaosan Road, Pranakorn, Bangkok
           
          3.2
          of 5, from 882 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Located in Khao San, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Khao San Road, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and Wat Ratchanadda. Grand Palace and National Museum Bangkok are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Casa Vimaya Riverside $47
          Casa Vimaya Riverside

          Casa Vimaya Riverside

          229 Phra Sumen Road, Bangkok
             
            4.2
            of 5, from 11 reviews
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            This hotel is located in Bangkok (Khao San), close to Khao San Road, Wat Ratchanadda, and Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Also nearby are Grand Palace and Wat Pho.

            Royal Rattanakosin Hotel $35
            Royal Rattanakosin Hotel

            Royal Rattanakosin Hotel

            2 Ratchadamnoen Klang Road, Bangkok
               
              3.4
              of 5, from 436 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Khao San, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sanamluang, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and Khao San Road. Grand Palace and National Museum Bangkok are also within 15 minutes.

              Khaosan Palace Hotel
              Khaosan Palace Hotel

              Khaosan Palace Hotel

              139 Khao San Road, Phra Nakorn, Bangkok
                 
                3.4
                of 5, from 451 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Located in Khao San, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Democracy Monument, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and Grand Palace. Khao San Road and Wat Ratchanadda are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                ibis Styles Bangkok Khaosan Viengtai $48
                ibis Styles Bangkok Khaosan Viengtai

                ibis Styles Bangkok Khaosan Viengtai

                42 Rambuttri Rd., Bangkok
                   
                  4.4
                  of 5, from 225 reviews
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Located in Khao San, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Democracy Monument, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and Grand Palace. Khao San Road and Wat Ratchanadda are also within 1 mi (2 km).