Suan Pakkad Palace Museum
- Location: 352 Sri Ayutthaya Road, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400
- Telephone: 02 – 246 - 1775
- Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9.00 am to 4.00 pm. Closed Sunday and National Holidays
- Admission: 100 Baht
- The Suan Pakkad Palace Museum is well worth a visit not just for the art and antiquities collection it holds, but for the feeling of nineteenth century Thailand that the historic buildings and surrounding lush and exotic gardens evoke. The overall effect is one of antiquity and serenity.
Black lacquer and gold inlay in the Lacquer Pavilion, Suan Pakkad Museum Bangkok.
- The Suan Pakkad Palace was assembled over a period of time beginning in 1952 by Prince and Princess Chaumbhot of Nakhon Sawan, a province in central Thailand. They decided to display to the public their vast personal collection of art and antiquities, including those that had been passed down to them though successive royal generations. This collection ranges from the pre-historic to the contemporary periods. To house the collection, seven historic Thai buildings were moved to the Palace grounds and reassembled. Some of these houses had belonged to the Prince’s great-great-grandfather, who was a Regent in the reign of Rama IV, (1851-1868). These Thai houses have the traditional features of high pitched roofs and wide overhangs for quick drainage of tropical rains, teak paneled walls and highly detailed architecture They are all raised above the ground for ventilation purposes.
- Contains several excellent stone sculptures of Khmer art. Among them is a rare torso of Uma (consort of Siva), dating from the 7th century, and a standing stone torso of Ardhanarisvara. There is also a large painting on cloth from the early Bangkok period showing Buddha descending from Tavatimsa Heaven.
- There are three exceptional examples of Buddha images, one in the Indian Gandharan style (2nd-3rd century AD), one of U-Tong period (13th-14th century AD), and the last in the Burmese style (17th-18th century AD). There are Chinese porcelains of the Ming and Ching Dynasty period and several antique Thai weapons. On the outer wall is displayed a painting on wood with scenes from the life of Buddha. Downstairs there is a selection of Thai musical instruments belonging to a son of King Rama V.
- Displays some fine pieces of royal family items. Among them are a howdah (elephant seat), a pair of elephant tusks, book cabinets painted in gold on black lacquer and commemorative religious fans. In addition, there are pieces of traditional Thai artefacts of the Ratanakosin (Bangkok) period, such as lacquerware furniture and artefacts such as food containers inlaid with mother-of-pearl and silver, ivory boxes for wax and European glassware and perfume bottles. The Princess’s personal collection of beautiful rock specimens can also be seen.
- Has some interesting pieces of pentachromatic Bencharong porcelain, gold and silver nielloware pieces, a palanquin, a model Thai throne and a cabinet of musical instruments.