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Bangkok National Museum

Originally built in 1782, the Bangkok National Museum is located within the grounds of the Royal Palace, just a 15-minute walk from the palace of the Emerald Buddha, and displays thousands of artefacts ranging all the way from Neolithic times to present day. It is known as Thailand's central treasury of art and archaeology. Many of the actual buildings are works of art themselves, surrounded by brightly-coloured pavilions and boasting some of Southeast Asia's most ornate jewellery and historical treasures. A visit to the museum is a must for anyone who wants a better understanding of Thailand's rich culture and history. Guided tours are conducted daily on topics including religion, art and culture.

Address: Na Phra That Rd

Telephone: (0)2 224 1333

Opening times: Open Wednesday to Sunday 9am-4pm. Free English-language tours: Buddhism culture on Wednesday 9:30am; Art, culture, religion on Thursday 9:30am.

Admission: THB 50