The Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall houses a permanent exhibition detailing the history, art, and culture of the old town area of the city which is known as Rattanakosin from the establishment of Bangkok in 1782 up to the present day.
To see the exhibition, you must join a guided tour which departs every 20 minutes with the last departure at 17.00. There are eleven exhibition rooms with separate guides for each room. The guides speak good English and explain everything clearly and photography is permitted. An audio guide in English is available but you don’t really need it. The tour takes almost 2 hours.
The tour starts with a timeline of historic events in Thailand since 1782 and compares them with historic world events during the same period. The tour continues through exhibitions on the old city communities, the establishment of the city, the history of the Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha, the history of the performing arts such as Khon and traditional dance, the history of the Thai monarchy, the areas tourist attractions, royal ceremonies, agriculture, architecture and the Thai way of life.
Each room has a multimedia element with touch screens, short films, interactive games, virtual reality, models and reconstructions of buildings. You can build your own temple, control a puppet and even become a character in an animation where you are touring Bangkok’s famous sights. The multimedia elements are impressive and well-designed adding to the enjoyment of the tour.
Half-way through the tour, you can take a break in the observation deck coffee bar and enjoy a great view of Loha Prasat and the Golden Mount.
There is also a Library, souvenir shop, and two cafes.
The Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall is a great place to visit if you want to gain an understanding of Thailand’s culture, history, and people.
Location: 100 Ratchadamoen Klang Road
Opening Hours: 10.00-19.00 Tuesday-Sunday
Admission: 100 baht
Rules: No bags allowed inside. Free Lockers.
Bus: No. 2, 12, 15, 35, 39, 42, 44, 47, 59, 60, 68, 70, 79, 169, 157, 171, 503, 511, 509
Boat: Khlong Saen Saep Express Boat to Tha Phan Fa Lilat Pier.