More serious philatelists can visit the museum’s library which has an interesting collection of stamp books in Thai and foreign languages. The library is well-stocked with collectors’ journals, stamp bulletins and a souvenir shop.
Stamp Collecting in Thailand
Stamp collecting is a popular hobby in Thailand and Philatelic Museum is an essential stop for any stamp enthusiast traveling to Bangkok. Many people have been inspired to collect stamp after visiting the Philatelic museum.
Journey of the Museum
The museum was first set up in 1947. At that time the postal services were under the Post and Telegraph Department. The museum was relocated several times. Finally, the museum, which is now under Thailand Post Company Ltd, was finally set up in Sam Sen Nai Post Office next to the Saphan Kwai skytrain station. It found its final home in 2004.
- Since 1883, the Thai postal service has made more than 720 stamp issues. All these have been preserved at the Philatelic Museum.
- Centerpiece of the Philatelic Museum is the commemorative issue celebrating the Bangkok Bicentenary (1782 – 1982). These set of stamps had the nine Chakri kings, Rama I to Rama IX.
- Thailand celebrated the 40th anniversary of the reign of King Rama V in November 1908. See the set of postage stamps reminding the occasion.
- Look at the special stamps marking 150 years under the reign of the Chakri Kings.
- See the stamps which remind us when Thailand declared war on Britain and the USA during World War II.
- There were several memorable occasions when commemorative stamps were issued under King Rama IX. Here are the stamps.
- When Thai pottery or Benjarong won second prize at the International Stamp Competition in Vienna, Austria in 1981, thee stamps secured a place in the Philatelic Museum.