Bringing back the forgotten palace

via Bangkok Post, 12 June 2018: Wang Na, or the Front Palace, is more commonly known as the National Museum in Bangkok.

While the Grand Palace is world famous for its palatial architecture, the old Front Palace, or Wang Na, of ancient viceroys is hidden in obscurity although its beauty is second to none. Today it is just known simply as the National Museum Bangkok, rather than a palace with deep historical and artistic significance.

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Inspired by India

via Bangkok Post, 1 March 2018: An exhibition celebrating diplomatic relations between India and Thailand at the National Museum in Bangkok.

A visit to a temporary exhibition at the National Museum Bangkok at the former Front Palace near Sanam Luang is a good way for tourists to explore India, Thailand and some other Southeast Asian countries through Buddhist art. The ongoing exhibit entitled “Buddhist Imagery From Bharata To Suvarnabhumi” celebrates the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Thailand and India and the 25th anniversary of the Asean-India relationship.

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The sacred feminine in Thailand

The National Museum in Bangkok is having a special exhibition featuring female deities from various religions in Thailand: Buddhism, Hinduism and indigenous cults.

Goddesses exhibition at the National Museum of Bangkok. Source: Bangkok Post 20150527
Goddesses exhibition at the National Museum of Bangkok. Source: Bangkok Post 20150527

The feminine divine
Bangkok Post, 27 May 2015

To celebrate the 60th birthday of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, the Fine Arts Department is hosting a special exhibition, “Feminine Deities: Buddhism, Hinduism And Indigenous Cults In Thailand”, at the National Museum Bangkok. The objective is to disseminate knowledge about faith and beliefs relating to women in Thailand through the ages via religious sculptures.

The exhibition is divided into four parts — Goddesses: Traditional Beliefs From The Past; Goddesses In Brahmanism-Hinduism: The Supreme Power Of Females; Female Deities In Buddhism: The Power Of Intellect; and Goddesses In Traditional Beliefs: The Power Of Nature.

The first section shows that people have believed in the existence of goddesses since prehistoric times. Goddesses are believed to have supernatural powers, which allow them to control aspects of nature. Accordingly, people believe that they can indirectly influence nature by worshipping goddesses. The Mother Goddess or Earth Goddess is believed to be responsible for the fertility of women and their natural mothering instincts. Sculptures of women produced by ancient civilisations in Europe, Asia, America and Africa provide evidence of the widespread belief in the power of goddesses and the high status of women at that time. Their most notable features are their large hips (signifying the ability to give birth) and breasts (signifying the ability to nurture). Even in the present day, goddesses are still widely worshipped by followers of certain religions.

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Repatriated Ban Chiang artefacts exhibited in Bangkok

Recently-repatriated artefacts from the United States are on display at the National Museum in Bangkok. They were returned from the Bowers Museum in California last year after being determined that they came from looted contexts. A total of 554 pieces were returned, and an opening ceremony yesterday started off the exhibition that will carry on for the rest of the month.

The Ban Chiang exhibition at the Bangkok National Museum
The Ban Chiang exhibition at the Bangkok National Museum
Moulds and crucibles for bronze metalworking
Moulds and crucibles for bronze metalworking
Bronze artefacts, spear points and bracelets, some with the bones still inside.
Bronze artefacts, spear points and bracelets, some with the bones still inside. These appear to be similar to ones repatriated to Cambodia.
Beads
Beads
Possible paddle beaters with incised markings for creating patterns
Possible paddle beaters with incised markings for creating patterns
For this kids, a DIY rock art station!
For this kids, a DIY rock art station!
Classic Ban Chiang Pottery
Classic Ban Chiang Pottery
The Thai Minister for Culture, Director-General of the Fine Arts Department and a member from the US Embassy inspects the exhibition.
The Thai Minister for Culture, Director-General of the Fine Arts Department and a member from the US Embassy (?) inspects the exhibition.

The exhibition is on at the National Museum in Bangkok until 1 March 2015.

Tales of three different Southeast Asian museums

Richard Bammer of the Reporter visits three Southeast Asian Museums – The Museum of Vietnamese History in Hanoi, The Angkor National Museum in Siem Reap, and the National Museum Bangkok and contrasts the state of artefacts there.

Tales of three different Southeast Asian museums
The Reporter, 18 February 2010
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Symposium: Before Siam Was Born

A special symposium will be held next week at the Bangkok National Museum in conjunction with the Dvaravati exhibition.

Before Siam was Born: New Research on Dvaravati
Date: 03 September 2009
Time: 09:00 am – 04:00 pm
National Museum Bangkok
Information and reservation: Nicolas Revire nicolas@tu.ac.th
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