King Prajadhipok Museum

KingKing Prajadhipok Museum Prajadhipok Museum reminds us of the King who saw Thailand’s transformation from absolute monarchy to constitutional monarchy. For anyone interested in this phase of Thailand, the museum is an entertaining place.

The Building
The building, constructed in neo-classical style, has been designed by Charles Beguelin. The building was designated a national heritage site in 1995. A renovation project was undertaken and the building was rechristened King Prajadhipok Museum.

The Exhibits
The museum gives an insight into the life of King Prajadhipok or Rama VII. Exhibits in the museum display the photos and other memorabilia of King Prajadhipok. One can understand how the King evolved as a person. The museum showcases objects related to his coronation, celebration of Bangkok’s 150th anniversary and the revolution. Things used by the King after his abdication, have also been displayed. The letter of abdication by King Prajadhipok is also on display here.

Life of King Prajadhipok
Tenure of King Prajadhipok marks the beginning of constitutional monarchy. It is something which encourages the people to know about his life. King Prajadhipok was the last born son of King Rama V and the brother of King Rama VI. The King, who had received English education, favored a constitutional government. But before he could introduce his constitution, it is said, that some middle-ranked officials, afraid of losing their power, staged a coup and forced their own constitution. The King was reduced to just a figurehead. The frustrated King abdicated in 1935 and went to England where he passed rest of his life, six years.

Location
King Prajadhipok is located at the Panfa Bridge intersection, near the Golden Mount and Loha Prasat.

How to Reach
Take the Chaophraya River Express to the Banglampuu Pier. Then down Khao San or Ratchadamnoen Roads. The museum is at walking distance.