01 The TripPacker's Review
As soon as you walk into the Nitasrattanakosin. Exhibition Hall, the image of old-fashioned museums fades completely from your memory. The exhibits are designed to be interactive with viewers. Not only that, each room does a great job at recounting the stories and history of the Rattankosin Era. The Exhibition Hall really is what the slogan says it is, “The Best of an Era, Experienced in a Day”.
A guide is present at each of the 7 exhibition rooms. Performances that take place in each room last about 20 minutes. Before entering the first room, you have to walk through a time portal that will depict events from the past until the present; what happened, when, and where.
The history of Rattanakosin begins in the first room “Impressive Communities”. 12 communities from Rattanakosin Island are gathered here. Only by standing on the graphic pattern on the floor, will they tell you their story.
The second room will take you back to the past, to a time when Rattanakosin was still alive in the “Grandeur Rattanakosin”. The exhibit is displayed as a 4D movie. Everything is so well made, do don’t even notice that your seat has been moved from one floor to the next.
The third room, “The Prestige of the Kingdom”, you will be able to feel the grandeur and elegance of the Royal Palace, the source of exquisite art. The highlight of this room is an animated film showing the legend of the Emerald Buddha as well as his image in 3 different seasons. Furthermore, if you’ve ever wondered how things worked inside a palace, just walk through the doors and you will find out first hand.
Entertainment, whether it’s pantomime, dancing, shadow puppets, soaps, operas, or anything else, are displayed in the “Remarkable Entertainments” room. You will view a 360-Degree video prelude before learning about the language and movements of pantomime and the characters. In addition, you get the chance to test your skills as a puppeteer. The fun doesn’t just stop here. At the “Sight-Seeing Highlights” room, you will get to visit Rattanakosin Island’s best locations as a character in an animation. Which character you will become is all up to chance, come and try your luck.
We’ve been through quite a few rooms now, why don’t we take five? The sightseeing spot on the forth floor is a good place to relax; you can see Rachadamnoen Road, The Golden Mountain, ‘Pom Maha Karn’ (The Great Fortress), ‘Lan Plabpla Maha Chedsada Bodin’, and 'The Metallic Castle’ from a never-seen-before angle. Or you can have a drink while checking out the scenery.
The sixth room “Renowned Ceremonies” is a compilation of reenactments of various ceremonies that you can easily understand. You will also get to see ‘Royal Barge Procession’ in 3D. Not only that, you will understand the importance of ‘Royal Ploughing Ceremony’ held to support and boost morale of farmers; the backbone of the nation.
The final room is the “Graceful Architectures” room. Not only will you learn of Thai architecture in designing palaces, temples, and houses, you will also get to design your very own temple using multi-touch technology. You will also get to drive, ride horses, or take a boat ride to tour the city.
Nitasrattanakosin Exhibition Hall is guaranteed to be a museum like none that you have ever been to before.
Relive the experience on this 3-hour journey to the past, and discover Rattanakosin in the blink of an eye. This isn’t just a fieldtrip to learn about the history and culture of Rattanakosin. Once you understand the roots of the nation and its people, you will appreciate and love this country even more.
Before leaving, don’t forget to visit the souvenir shop for a nice little gadget to bring back home. If you want to learn more about Rattanakosin that the exhibits did not provide, there is a library with an extensive collection of books for sale, or just to read while waiting.
You wont be disappointed with Nitasrattanakosin Exhibition Hall.
02 General Info + How to go
Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall
|Address||:||100 Ratchdamnoen Klang Rd. Bowonniwet Phra Nakhon Bangkok 10200|
|GPS||:||N13 45 20.89, E100 30 14.55|
|Contact no.||:||02 621 0044, 0 2 226 5047-48|
|Fax||:||02 621 0043|
Tue-Fri 11:00-20:00 น.
Sat-Sun and National Holiday 10:00-20:00 น.
Adult 200 Baht, Children 50 Baht, Student (In uniform) Handicaps Free
|Activities||:||Enjoy the exhibitions / Studies in the library / Shoping the souvenirs|
How to get there
Special AC Bus #: ปอ.พ 10-1, ปอ.พ 10-2, ปอ.พ 10-3
AC Bus #: ปอ.12, ปอ.44, ปอ.59, ปอ.60, ปอ.70, ปอ.79, ปอ.157, ปอ.1, ปอ.185, ปอ. 201, ปอ. 503, ปอ. 511, ปอ. 509
Regular Bus #: 2, 3, 9, 12, 15, 31, 33, 35, 39, 42, 44, 47, 59, 60, 64, 68, 70, 79, 82, 86, 169, 201
Boat on Khlong Saen Saab: To the left of Saphan Phanfah Leelat Pier exit. Near Mahajessadabodin courtyard.