Bangkok’s Front Palace was built at the same time as the nearby Grand Palace, and also on the riverfront. It was the seat of the deputy king, or viceroy. Rama V abolished the viceroy office in the late 19th century, in favour of a more modern succession system, and today the main residence buildings of the Front Palace house the Bangkok National Museum. Along with an extensive collection of exhibits relating to Thai history and art, the museum houses collections of regional Asian cultural art and is one of the largest museums in Southeast Asia.
Opening hours: 09.00 to 16.00 / Wednesday to Sunday
(closed on Monday, Tuesday and holidays)
Tel: +66 (0) 2224 1370
Coins and banknotes are more than money; they reflect a nation’s history. The Coin Museum in its three floors of exhibition space tells the stories through an artful blending of currency, animation media, walk-through displays and video that will fascinate anyone with an interest in history, as well as providing a source of information for numismatics.
Opening hours: 8.30 to 16.30 / Weekdays and 10.00 to 18.00 / Weekends
(closed every Monday)
Tel: +66 (0) 2282 0818
The mysterious disappearance from a Malaysian mountaintop of Jim Thompson, the Thai Silk King, is one of the most enduring legends of Asia. Thompson was an American businessman who, along with reviving Thai silk in the 1950s, assembled a home on the bank of the Saen Saeb Canal from six traditional Thai teakwood houses transported from Ayutthaya and Ban Krua Silk Village. Today the Jim Thompson House is a museum and art centre showcasing the Silk King’s collection of Asian antiques, and there is a silk store in the compound.
Open daily: 11.00 to 17.00
Tel: +66 (0) 2216 7368