Calendar Pages -- Siam Society Day Trip Two Temples and New Museum in Bangkok

October 30th, 2010

Siam Society Day Trip Two Temples and New Museum in Bangkok

Siam Society Day Trip  Two Temples and New Museum in Bangkok0




Saturday, 30 October 2010



Leader: Khun Somlak Charoenpot,
Member of the Siam Society and

Advisor of Kamthieng House Museum



Please join the Society on Saturday, 30 October 2010 at 9:45 a.m. at the Rattanakosin

Exhibition Hall on Ratchadamnoen Klang Road (map will be provided), near Wat Ratchanaddaram

for a day trip to visit two temples and a new museum in Bangkok. All three places are in the middle

of the city and probably regularly seen from the road by members. All are different in style and

have different significance. This trip is an opportunity for members to admire some important Thai

art treasure which are kept in various temples and museum in Bangkok.


We will begin our trip at the Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall. It is an interactive self learning

centre with state-of-the-art multimedia technology giving information on history, arts and culture of

the Rattanakosin era (since 1782). In a renovated building there are altogether 7 exhibition rooms

each representing a part of the grandeur of Rattanakosin, the capital of Thailand. Members can view

4D multimedia spectacles presenting the beginning of the Rattanakosin era, see the most perfect

model of the Grand Palace and an animation illustrating the legend of the Emerald Buddha, or enjoy

the 360° multimedia presentation demonstrating various forms of entertainment in the Rattanakosin

period. Another fun part of the trip to this exhibition hall is to find yourselves actually participating

in an animation tour around the Rattanakosin island. On the fourth floor of the building visitors can

admire the magnificent view of Ratchadamnoen Road as well as a closer look at the Loha Prasat

(Metal Castle) and the Golden Mount.


Member will have lunch at Methavalai Sorndaeng Restaurant. After lunch member will have

an opportunity to walk to Wat Ratchanaddaram Woraviharn. The temple was built on the order

of King Rama III in 1846 for his niece, Princess Somanas Watthanavadi, who later became Queen

Somanas Watthanavadi of King Rama IV. The royal compound offers an unusual sight when seen

alongside its Rattanakosin companions. There is a magnificent view down on the temple’s most

prominent attraction, Loha Prasat, constructed in the reign of King Rama III. Its awe-inspiring

design was patterned after the description featured in the Mahawong scripture of Sri Lanka.

Boasting 37 metal spires, representing the 37 virtues to enlightenment, the tetrahedron or four-sided

pavilion on top of the structure houses holy relics of Lord Buddha. The importance of this Loha

Prasat lies in that it is the first and only one of its kind in Thailand, and only one of three to have

ever been built. However, with the other two in ruins, the edifice at Wat Ratchanaddaram is the lone

Loha Prasat left unscathed in the world


Follow by walking to Wat Saket Ratchaworamahaviharn. It is one of the oldest temples

in Bangkok founded by King Rama I. A gallery surrounds the Ubosot which is decorated with wall

paintings. The elegant Vihara enshrines a huge standing Buddha image, Phra Attharot, from

Sukhothai, with paintings depicting disciples on either side on the wall. A remarkable architectural

distinction in this temple is Ho Trai in early Bangkok style with carved wooden doors and window

shutters depicting the everyday life of the period and figures of Persian and French soldiers dressed

in the costumes of the 18th century. In the temple enclosure is the Golden Mount, a gilded bellshaped

stupa containing relics of the Buddha presented in 1897 to King Rama V by Lord Curzon,

Viceroy of India. This is a famous landmark crowning a man-made hill known as Phu Khao Thong.

It was created by King Rama III and completed by King Rama V to replicate a similar mound in

Ayutthaya. In addition to being a major engineering achievement, it one of the most prominent

monuments in Bangkok. The trip will end at this temple.


A contribution of Bt. 1,550 (Bt. 1,750 for non-members) is solicited to cover the cost of

Museum entrance fee, lunch, donation to temples and other arrangements to make this trip possible.

Please pay by cash or cheque (payable to ‘The Siam Society’). Alternatively, payment can be made

by direct deposit/transfer to the Siam Society travel account at the Thai Military Bank, Asoke

Branch saving account no. 053-2-18000-7, with fax or e-mail copy of the deposit or transfer docket

to us. There is a 4% surcharge for credit/debit card payment to cover bank charges.

 Please bookearly. Participants are urged to bring with them a good pair of walking shoes and

 a hat or umbrella.


For further information and bookings please contact Khun Prasert or Khun Ekkarin

Tel.0-2661-6470-7 Fax.0-2258-3491 or e-mail: The Society office is

open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.

The Siam Society uses any financial revenue arising from its study trips to support the activities of

the Society in its library,  museum and publications programmes. The partner organization

 of THE SIAM SOCIETY in conducting Study Travel in Thailand is W.T. Tour Service Co., Ltd.,

Licence 11/0

 The Thai Textile Society would like to thank the Siam Society for their Support