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“The exciting tale of Siam's last king and queen”

King Prajadhipok Museum
Ranked #223 of 598 things to do in Bangkok
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Owner description: Although this king ruled for only 10 years, his was the last reign of the absolute monarchy.
Reviewed 21 September 2013

As I recall Thailand got its name in 1937 (previously it was called Siam). In 1932 there was a military coup in which a constitutional monarchy was demanded. At the time the rulers were King Prajadhipok and his beautiful queen whose name meant "rays of sun through the clouds". Today I went to this museum and learned their fascinating story, worthy of a Hollywood film.
I had expected from the exterior and name of this museum to find the interior full of dull, but free to observe, cases full of the crockery, porcelain, fob watches and gold jewellery which belonged to the king along with the endless rambling descriptions of which person I've never heard of did what before presenting them to him. The second and third floors are a bit like this - too much information and any original documentation which could be of interest, such as the king's abdication documents and the original constitution, are in untranslated Thai. The first floor is very well presented, however - all about the life of Prajadhipok's queen, who out lived him by many years and had an exciting life by all accounts.
I wouldn't call this a must see but if you are interested in the social history of Thailand, told from a personal perspective this is a fine couple of hours - maybe something to do on a rainy day.

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Reviewed 21 May 2012

King Prajadhipok Museum

I was going to visit Wat Saket, and a Thai mate kindly offered to come along and show me the way. We went by canal boat - no way I would have found it without him - and on the way from the pier to the temple, he suggested we drop into the King Prajadhipok Museum. I knew little about King Prajadhipok (Rama VII), and so was interested to see the museum. Unfortunately the 2nd and 3rd floors of the museum were closed for renovation - but the 1st floor that was open was excellent. This floor actually told the story of the King's wife, Queen Rambhai Barni. The interpretation was excellent, even with the to be expected deference that the Thais built into the story telling.

The museum was free when we went, and if the other floors are anything as good as the ground floor that I saw, this is unmissable for those interested in the current monarchic dynasty. I believe that when all floors are open, the entrance fee is 40 baht - well worth it.

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