Bangkok Thailand

December 22, 2010 | Travel

Thailand art is as colorful and uniquely interesting as their historic past. Now, every tourist can have a glimpse of Siam’s past in their Wang Na Palace. This National Museum houses the largest collection of valuable artifacts, historic finds, and beautiful masterpieces throughout the history of Thailand. At the vestibule of the museum is a catalogue for visitors to have a quick look on the museum’s artifacts. You don’t have to learn Thai to read the labels and captions because their written in Thai and English language.

Royalty makes up most of the collections in Wang Na Palace such as King Chulalongkom’s regalia, weaponry, Viceroy’s throne, ceramics and artifacts. Some places in the museum, particularly the older buildings, stores a vast collection of striking articles such as presentation gifts, curiosities, royal barges, and even hearses. But the major piece of artifacts is their exquisite collection of Buddha figures, arranged from the oldest to the newest.

One of the highlights of the National Museum is the Tamnak Daeng, which means “Red House.” This house was relocated from its original place to the National Museum. Rama I built the Tamnak Daeng for his elder sisters during the late 18th century. He lavished it with regal opulence from their beautifully carved bed, to the dressing table, the towel-horse and the wooden chest with all its elaborate design.

Another interesting spot found in this museum is the Wat Buddhaisawan, a Thai temple for Thailand’s most sacred treasure, a statue of Buddha. Tourists who want to witness the Songkhram, a Thai festival held once in a year, may visit the place on the month of April. The history of the famous Buddha statue spawned many stories as to its place of origin. Some suggest that King Rama I brought this artifact from Chiang Mai in 1795. Others say it came from Ceylon, but historians believe it was from Sukhothai because of its characteristic design and style.

Thailand’s rich artwork is also a source of interest for some visitors, particularly the wall paintings. What’s so special about his artwork is that it has never been restored. In other words they’re all-original. This 200-year old mural depicts the life Buddha during his earthly existence.

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