Celebrating Rattanakosin Heritage in Bangkok

November 10, 2010 by | Filed Under: Festivals, News, Thailand

Rattanakosin-display

In the old Rattanakosin area of Bangkok there is a new cultural museum that gives insights into the history of Bangkok’s old quarter within a two kilometre radius of the Grand Palace.

The Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall, an interactive self learning centre with state-of-the-art multimedia technologies, explores the history, arts and culture of the Rattanakosin era (since 1782). “Rattanakosin” is also the former name of Thailand’s capital before it was changed into “Krungthep Mahanakorn” or “Bangkok”.

In a renovated building on Ratchadamnoen Road, the four-storey Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall offers extensive use of audio-visual multi media to illustrate history, art and culture.

On the fourth floor of the building, visitors have a good view of Ratchadamnoen Road, Wat Loha Prasat (the Metal Castle) and the Golden Mount.

The interactive displays are impressive and popular with Thai tourists. Some of the messages veer towards propaganda instead of historical fact. Despite that, Khiri Travel likes the new museum and recommends that it be combined with visits to the Great Swing and the Golden Mount, two other historical landmarks in the Rattanakosin story.

Further information: www.nitasrattanakosin.com.