Bangkok Suan Pakkad Palace Museum
The Suan Pakkad Palace Museum is situated at 352 - 354 Sri Ayudhya Road Bangkok. It was built by Major General Prince Chumbhot Bongse Paribatra, Krom Muen Nagara Svarga Sakdibinit known as Prince Chumbhot and his wife M.R.(Mom Rajawongse) Pantip Paribatra known as Princess Chumbhot in 1952, and consists of a group of traditional Thai houses that were dismantled and rebuilt. After Prince Chumbhot's death in 1959, his wife carried on the work. In 1987 she donated it to Chumbhot-Pantip Foundation.
A visit to this exquisite collection of traditional Thai homes, set in beautiful gardens, gives you an insight into the appreciation of art and gardening by members of the Royal Family.
Named after the cabbage patch (Suan Pakkad) which used to occupy this land, it was built as a weekend resort. The compound contains seven traditional houses that display the diverse art collection assembled by these connoisseurs. Images of the Thai Royal Family, model boats, drums and religious artifacts are displayed in House 1.
The reception area of House 2 exhibits personal items such as ivory boxes and bowls inlaid with mother-of pearl. Lovers of Thai musical instruments will be impressed by the collection in House 3 which also has a palanquin, nielloware and ceramics.
Princess Chumbhots extensive mineral collection is on show in House 4, while House 5 has examples of Ban Chiang pottery. The Sukhothai era is depicted with ceramics, earthenware utensils and figurines in House 6.
The theatrical aspect of Thailand is on display at the Khon Museum is House 7. This exhibit includes Khon masks, costumes, accessories and a model of a troupe performing the Ramakien.
Other displays and exhibitions are in the Lacquer Pavilion and the Marasi Gallery which also has an information system on Ban Chiang art and culture.
Open : Daily from 9 am. - 4 pm. Admission : 100 baht