From north and south to east and west, the Department of Fine Arts promotes its website http://www.virtualmuseum.finearts.go.th/index.php/en as a center fun virtual learning, where future generations can explore more than 40 national museums across the country and trace their origins from home.
The Phisai Salaluck Tower.
This pilot project aims to teach the history and cultural heritage of Thailand while developing a learning ecosystem that uses cutting-edge technology to connect people of all ages, with a focus on sustainable lifelong learning. of life.
Attracting nearly 2 million viewers, the website offers an audio guide in Thai and English, video clips, photographs, diagrams and e-books as well as online exhibits that feature a large collection of rare items celebrating the local wisdom and the magnificence of Thai arts. .
Among the attractions are the National Museum Gallery; the National Archives; Silpa Bhirasri National Museum; Bangkok National Museum; Chao Sam Phraya National Museum; King Narai National Museum; and the Nakhon Si Thammarat National Museum.
Our tour begins at the mouth of the Bangkok Noi canal. It is home to the former Royal Barge Procession shipyard, which became the Royal Barges National Museum in 1974 and is currently home to eight of the 52 royal barges that transported all of the Chakri monarchs and royal families.
Showcasing first-class craftsmanship, the Royal Barge Suphannahong was rebuilt during the reign of King Vajiravudh and its name is taken from King Maha Chakkaphat’s Royal Barge Sri Suphannahong, which was manufactured in 1548.
Her golden bow is shaped to resemble a legendary swan and accented with gold lacquer and mirror glass, while the hull is black on the outside and red on the inside. A pavilion sits in the middle of the barge to house the Ratcha Banlang Kanya throne for the monarch and his royal family. In 1992, Suphannahong received the World Ship Trust Maritime Heritage Award.
The Sua Pa club building.
Songkhla National Museum.
A miniature town shows how Songkhla became a major trading center on the Malay Peninsula.
Moored next door, the royal barge Anantanakkharat was first built during the reign of King Rama III and recreated by King Vajiravudh. Its name refers to the chariot of the god Vishnu, the king of serpents.
The golden bow resembles a seven-headed naga and is decorated with mirror glass. Its hull is green on the outside and red on the inside. The houseboat also has a tiered roof shrine with a Buddha image and robes for religious ceremonies.
The most recent of the fleet is the Narai Song Suban HM King Rama IX Royal Barge. It was built in 1996 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s accession to the throne. Covered with gold lacquer, the bow was carved into a shape of the four-headed god Vishnu riding the Garuda.
A pair of Phali Rang Thawip and Sukhrip Krong Muang barges can also be seen with a cannon porthole. They were originally built during the reign of King Rama I as a reminiscence of the epic of Ramakien.
A green figurehead of a crowned monkey, who crossed the sea to pay homage to Surya, the solar deity, is installed on the barge Phali Rang Thawip. Beside it, the houseboat Sukhrip Krong Muang sports a red figurehead of a crowned monkey, Phali’s younger brother, who after him ascended to the throne of the kingdom of Khitkhin.
Visiting the ancient capital of Ayutthaya Kingdom, Chankasem Palace will take visitors back to the time when eight monarchs and princes such as King Naresuan, King Ekathotsarot, Prince Suthat, King Narai and King Borommakot once resided here.
Located on the bank of the Pasak River, it was erected during the reign of King Mahathammarachathirat and abandoned after the second fall of Ayutthaya. The complex was redeveloped by King Rama IV and was turned into a museum during the reign of King Chulalongkorn.
The Royal Barges National Museum displays eight of the 52 Royal Barges.
While browsing, visitors can explore the wooden Jaturamuk Pavilion, which has an expansive brick and concrete terrace with sculptures of mythical creatures like the Garuda, the Phiman swan, a dragon, and 33-headed elephants serving as guardians.
A short walk away, Phimanrattaya Palace was built during the reign of King Rama VI and features two parallel European and Thai style buildings, which once served as Ayutthaya’s office in 1896.
The four-story Phisai Salaluck building is said to have been built by King Narai, and King Chulalongkorn restored it as an observation tower on the same foundation. Next door, the Sua Pa Club building with Panya-style architecture was built for civilian scout meetings during the reign of King Mongkut before being transformed into the office of the National Library.
Visitors can also admire a wide selection of artifacts and personal items from King Mongkut’s chamber, such as water filters, ceramic items, sacred statues of Buddha in the style of Lopburi and Ayutthaya, bronze objects created between the 15th and 18th centuries; and pottery from the Ayutthaya Period.
The virtual journey continues to the Suphanburi National Museum, which has integrated multimedia technology and antiques to educate people about history, anthropology, local literature, and popular folk songs.
This two-story museum was established in 1995 and is divided into 10 zones. The Muang Suphan room shows the evolution of Suphanbuti from prehistoric times to the present day through a collection of objects found in various archaeological sites in the city.
Dated 1592, Muang Yutthahatthi’s Elephant War Room is designed to resemble a battlefield in Don Chedi and offers visitors a front row seat to witness the historic elephant fight between King Naresuan and the Mingyi Swa of Myanmar, which is projected on the wall.
The Suphanburi National Museum offers a multimedia exhibition to take visitors back to the origins of the region.
The Khon Suphan area presents a multimedia exhibition on the prehistoric period before this city became a multicultural land, in which the descendants of the Thai, Chinese, Lawa and Lao Krang cohabited peacefully.
The religious art area of Suphanburi Sasanasilp features a rare collection of works of art and artifacts, including an 800-year-old stone statue of a seated Buddha protected by the seven-headed naga as well as the votive tablets highly revered of Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat, Wat Phra Rub, Wat Ban Krang and Wat Chummum.
At the same time, the Muang Suphan Wannakam Literature Hall is designed to resemble a mini theater in which talented artists will perform two classic Thai poems – Khun Chang Khun Phaen and Nirat Suphan to represent Thai customs and the local way of life.
At the Folk Song corner, there is also a line of jukeboxes, and visitors can listen to hit songs from renowned Thai singers from the 1960s to the 1980s such as Kan Kaewsuphan, Surapon Sombatcharoen, Waipot Petsuphan, Sayan Sanya, Sornpet Sornsuphan and Phumphuang Duangchan.
Heading south to the Songkhla National Museum, visitors can experience the ancient city of Langkasuka, the unique multicultural charms and marine trade of the Malay Peninsula through an interesting display of ancient artifacts and photographs in 14 themes. different.
Muang Yutthahatthi Elephant War Hall recounts the historic battle between King Naresuan and Mingyi Swa.
Behind the entrance, visitors will be greeted by the first open-air room, dedicated to the “Songkhla Way Of Life”. Formerly known as Singora, this southern town of Songkhla is bordered by the Andaman Sea and Lake Songkhla, making it a great place to settle. To illustrate the lifestyle of seaside communities and fishermen, this room is lined with an old wooden pedal boat and earthenware.
As you parade through the prehistoric Songkhla Hall, you will find a collection of stone tools, bronze drums, and human burials from the Neolithic period, implying that humans settled in Songkhla over 6,000 years ago. years.
There is a piece of a miniature city depicting how Songkhla adopted modern technology from China, Hong Kong, Penang and Singapore to expand its infrastructure systems and turn into a thriving commercial center for maritime merchants from China, Malaysia, Singapore and Europe.
A visit may end in a sacred chamber, housing ancient statues of Avalokitasavara Bhodisatava, the god Shiva, the god Vishnu, Patthamapani Bhodisatava, Sompol Bhodisatava and the Lord Buddha from the 8th to the 15th century, Hindu and Buddhist beliefs having extended their influence from India to Siam.