Aladdin's adventure at the National Museum in Bangkok


Wednesday 11th of February 2015 and I left school just after 1 o'clock. 3 minutes' walk to NANA sky train station. From there I will go to Silom and change sky train to Sapan Taksin where I will Chao Phraya Express Boatboard the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Tha Chang Pier/ Tha Maharaj. And I expect it to be a few minutes of constitutional from there to Bangkok National Museum.

I swapped sky train at Silom and I managed to get off at the wrong sky train station. It looked strange at the station and I was soon realising that I had got of one station too early.

I had to get on the next sky train. I saw the passengers from the sky train I had got off from at the boat pier. They looked at me wondering why the wanker had got of the train at the wrong station. Well, I just pretended that I had been on some important businessChao Phraya Express BoatChao Phraya Express BoatChao Phraya Express BoatChao Phraya Express BoatChao Phraya Express Boat

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The tourist (Blue flag) are more expensive than the other boats. BUT THIS IS NOT A SCAM!!! The “blue” boat is bigger and usually not so crowded. There is also a Guide explaining what we're passing on the Chao Phraya River.

There is also a very good service. And they tell you that the price to go on the “ORANGE” boat is half of going by the “blue” boat. So it is not a scam. And the “blue” boat don't stop at all the piers so it is a wee bit quicker getting to your destination. That is of course if your intention is to get off at any of the pirrs the “blue” boat go to. Otherwise you have to take one of the other Chao Phraya Express Boats. Just click above for routes, prices and map.


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Waiting for the Chao Phraya Express Boat

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The ticket lady

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The ticket lady

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Arriving to Tha Chang Pier/ Tha Maharaj

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Arriving to Tha Chang Pier/ Tha Maharaj

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Tha Chang Pier/ Tha Maharaj - Everything is new in the area
Chao Phraya River front have got a face lift in many areas and no more need to avoid the river as I have done for 25 years.
Most places are beautiful and the Chao Phraya Express Boats are very convenient

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New built buildings

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There was also a corner for the dogs
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I got off the boat and I asked for directions for Bangkok National Museum. It was a few minutes'
Silpakorn University

(Thai: มหาวิทยาลัยศิลปากร) is a well-known public university in Thailand. The university was founded in Bangkok in 1943 by Italian-born art professor Corrado Feroci, who took the Thai name Silpa Bhirasri when he became a Thai citizen. It is the leading Thai university in the fine arts and now includes many other faculties as well. It has about 28,000 students.

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walk away and I took of towards Sanam Luang and the museum.

I passed two universities on my way, the Silpakorn University and the Thammasat University. Both of the universities have an interesting history.

Thammasat University

(Thai: มหาวิทยาลัยธรรมศาสตร์; RTGS: Mahawitthayalai Thammasat; IPA: [tʰāmmásàːt]), or in brief TU (Thai: มธ.), is Thailand's second oldest institute of higher education. Officially established to be the national university of Thailand on 27 June 1934, the university was originally named by founder Pridi Banomyong, The University of Moral and Political Sciences (Thai: มหาวิทยาลัยวิชาธรรมศาสตร์และการเมือง; RTGS: Mahawitthayalai Wicha Thammasat Lae Kan Mueang), reflecting the political fervor of Thailand. It started as an open university, with 7,094 students enrolled in its first academic year studying law and politics. The guiding philosophy of the university was "to teach students to love and cherish democracy".

In 1952, the university's name was shortened to its present one by the military junta of Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram who also became the first rector of the university. Nevertheless, Thammasat University has always been involved in Thai national politics, counting most Thai political leaders among its graduates. Its original campus at Tha Phra Chan was the site of the 14 October 1973 uprising and the 6 October 1976 Massacre.

In 1960, the university ended its free-entry policy and became the first university in Thailand that requires passing national entrance examinations for admission. Thammasat today offers more than 240 academic programs in 23 different faculties and colleges located on four campuses. Over the nearly 80 years since its founding, Thammasat University has evolved from an open university for law and politics to a prestigious international university offering all levels of academic degrees in many fields and disciplines.

It has graduated more than 300,000 undergraduate and graduate students who have greatly contributed to the development and progress of Thai society and the nation. The university’s alumni have included most of all Prime Ministers, leading politicians and government figures, Bank of Thailand governors, Supreme Court presidents, judicial officers, and most of the city’s governors.

The university's Bangkok Campus is in Phra Nakhon, Bangkok in close proximity to many tourist destinations. The Rangsit campus, where most undergraduate programmes are now held, is in Khlong Luang, Pathum Thani. Thammasat has smaller regional campuses in Lampang, Pattaya, Narathiwat, and Udon Thani. It is ranked No.447 in the world by QS.

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Chula–Thammasat Traditional Football Match

The Chula–Thammasat or Thammasat–Chula Traditional Football Match (the name alternating, with the host's appearing first) is a football match between Chulalongkorn University and Thammasat University. It is held annually, usually in January, at the Suphachalasai Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand. Apart from the match itself (which is not played by strictly varsity teams, but may also include alumni), the event also focuses on card stunts performed by both sides' audiences, cheerleading, and the opening ceremony parades, of which Thammasat's politics-mocking sequence is an anticipated highlight. The event is regularly broadcast on national television.

History
The match was started in 1934 by alumni of Suankularb Wittayalai School who were studying at both universities, intending it to be a varsity match in the likes of the British Oxford–Cambridge Boat Race. The first match was held on 4 December 1934 at the Sanam Luang field, with Thammasat University as the host. There was a ticket fee of 1 baht, the proceedings of which went to the Anti-tuberculosis Society of Thailand; after-expense earnings from the match have since traditionally been donated to charity.

The two universities alternate roles as hosts. From 1935 to 1937 the match was held at the Suankularb Wittayalai School football field, and since 1938 has been held at Suphachalasai Stadium (also known as the National Stadium), except in 1985, 1986, 1988 and 2008 when the match was held at the Chulalongkorn University Stadium. Starting in 1949, the Royal Cup has been awarded for the match.

The match has been cancelled several times, due to the flooding of Bangkok in 1942, World War II and its aftermath from 1944–1948, the Manhattan Rebellion in 1951, the aftermath of the 14 October 1973 and 6 October 1976 conflicts in 1973–1975 and 1977, and due to political crisis in 2014. The latest match, the 70th, was hosted by Chulalongkorn University and took place on 7 February 2015.

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And Thammasat University was in the newspapers in the beginning of the month when they were going to play their annual football match against Chula University. Click HERE to read all about Chao Phraya Express Boatthat. Or to look at the video and to have a look at some interesting pictures.

Well, anyway, Silpakorn University, the leading Thai university in the fine arts so there might be some exhibitions to look at if I have the time after the Bangkok National Museum.

And I have to be back in school at 6 o'clock tonight. I also walked by the Royal Palace and some famous temples. It was like arriving to a totally different Bangkok. There was so many tourist buses and tourists it was very hard to walk up the Na Phra That to Bangkok National Museum. I reached the museum and I Chao Phraya Express Boatstepped inside and they pointed me to a ticket office.

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200 Bath for foreigners and 30 Baht for Thai people, I will have to pay almost 7 times more than a Thai. So I told the guy in the ticket office that then I don't care to visit the museum and I left Bangkok National Museum behind for other adventures.

Double pricing in Thailand

Here is a table over the Thai numbers from Wikipedia. I downloaded a table from www.into-asia.com Study the Thai numbers and if you know them it might help you avoiding to get scammed by the “double price system” Yes, can come in handy!

You can download the table by clicking HERE Print it and keep in your pocket, you might save some money that you can spend on something else


Double pricing in Thailand

Picture from The Nation Multimedia N CARTOON, the make a cartoon every day and sometimes they are very good so make sure to check in on their web page to check them out every now and then by clicking the link
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I walked back towards the Royal Palace and I passed the King Chulalongkorn Memorial Exhibition. The exhibition is located in the Thawon Watthu Building.

King Chulalongkorn Memorial Exhibition
King Chulalongkorn Memorial Exhibition

King Chulalongkorn Memorial Exhibition
King Chulalongkorn Memorial Exhibition

King Chulalongkorn Memorial Exhibition
King Chulalongkorn Memorial Exhibition

King Chulalongkorn Memorial Exhibition
King Chulalongkorn Memorial Exhibition

King Chulalongkorn Memorial Exhibition
King Chulalongkorn Memorial Exhibition


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Review: King Chulalongkorn Memorial Exhibition

Fee: Free!

Web page: http://goo.gl/fefkM

Address: Thawon Watthu Building, Na Phra That Road

Tel: +66 (0)2 221 6830 - February 2015

Opening Hours: 09:30 - 16:00, Wednesday-Sunday

I called this place a museum, but the staff were quick to correct me, it was an exhibition. I stepped inside and at first I was disappointed. Who cares about this? But after 10 minutes I was really eager to learn more about King Chulalongkorn and Bangkok 120+ years ago.

It was an interesting time in history and this was showed on pictures and text displayed at the King Chulalongkorn Memorial Exhibition. This was time well spent and I was really satisfied when I left. And on top of that I had learnt a whole lot of things about King Chulalongkorn

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This was a very nice place. Yet another museum that wanted you to learn more. Many interesting pictures and history from Rama V's Thailand. At the end of the 19th century there was a huge change to the world with trains, cars and all the other inventions.

And Bangkok changed as well as you can read about and to see a collection of nice pictures. And Rama V King Chulalongkorn have a very interesting life as well. So I can really recommend this place.

Review Man

I left King Chulalongkorn Memorial Exhibition walking towards the Royal Palace and the Silpakorn University. I will pass the department of fine art on the way. If I'm lucky there will be some King Chulalongkorn Memorial Exhibitionexhibitions at the department of fine art. Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.st Hopefully as I have some time to spend before my school starts.

The side walk was full of Chinese tourists, and there were two cigarette polices” harassing a street vendor for selling food from a cart in the BIKE LANE. And it looked like they were going to start a fight.

The side walk was full of Chinese tourists returning from the Royal Palace and temples. They were boarding/ waiting for their buses. There were also people holding up placards with gruesome pictures of people that got their organs stolen. And Chinese and English text.

Chinese tourists
Plenty tourists along the Na Rhra That Road

Chinese tourists
Plenty tourists along the Na Rhra That Road

Chinese tourists
Plenty tourists along the Na Rhra That Road

Chinese tourists
Plenty tourists along the Na Rhra That Road

Chinese tourists
Plenty tourists along the Na Rhra That Road

Chinese tourists
Plenty tourists along the Na Rhra That Road

Stop forced live organ harvesting in China
Stop forced live organ harvesting in China

Falun Dafa around the world
Falun Dafa around the world

Falun Dafa around the world
I was also handed some information

I managed to make my way through the crowd and I stepped in to the Department of Fine Art. I asked if they had any exhibitions and they said no. Well, they told me they had an exhibition on
Silpa Bhirasri

(Thai: ศิลป์ พีระศรี; RTGS: Sin Phirasi; IPA: [sǐn pʰīːrásǐː]), born Corrado Feroci (15 September 1892 – 14 May 1962) was an Italian-born sculptor who worked mainly in Thailand.

He is considered the father of modern art in Thailand and was instrumental in the founding of today's Silpakorn University

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the other side of the house. I said thank you and I walked across the parking space and I was suddenly standing in front of the Silpa Bhirasri Memorial National Museum
Silpa Bhirasri Memorial National Museum





I stepped inside, yet another museum that was free to enter. It was small so it didn't take long to go through the two small rooms. I was soon back out again. I discovered a sigh saying “Hall of Sculpture” and I went over to see what it was all about.
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Silpa Bhirasri Memorial National Museum and the Hall of Sculpture were both free and it good. But I don't think it would be worth it if you had to go through the trouble coming here just to see this two “atractions”

But if you are in the area, it is worth it. 10 minutes at Silpa Bhirasri Memorial National Museum and a wee bit longer at the Hall of Sculpture.

There were plenty sculptures to look at, from small to huge. And some of them were really beautiful so it was time well spent, and it was free. And I learnt something about the Thai history during the stay

Silpa Bhirasri Memorial National Museum
Silpa Bhirasri Memorial National Museum

Silpa Bhirasri Memorial National Museum
Silpa Bhirasri Memorial National Museum

Silpa Bhirasri Memorial National Museum
Silpa Bhirasri Memorial National Museum

Silpa Bhirasri Memorial National Museum
Silpa Bhirasri Memorial National Museum

Silpa Bhirasri Memorial National Museum
Silpa Bhirasri Memorial National Museum

Hall of Sculpture
Hall of Sculpture

Hall of Sculpture
Hall of Sculpture

Hall of Sculpture
Hall of Sculpture

Hall of Sculpture
Hall of Sculpture

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Review: Silpa Bhirasri Memorial National Museum/
Hall of Sculpture

Fee: Free!

Web page: Cannot find any web page but try Thai Museum Database

Address: The Fine Arts Department, Na Phra That Road

Tel: +66 (0)2 223 6162 - February 2015

Opening Hours: Monday- Friday 9.00 - 16.00

There were some small sculptures and paintings at the museum that consisted of two small rooms. Some of the paintings were nice. Next door is the Hall of Sculpture and they have sculptures on display. From 20 cm in height to a few meters in height.

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It was a small museum, only two small rooms. There were some nice paintings. But after 10 minutes you had seen enough of it. But it was free and it is definitely worth a visit.

The hall of Sculpture is just next door from Silpa Bhirasri Memorial National Museum and you can easy spend another 10 to 20 minutes there looking at sculptures. Worth a visit IF YOU ARE IN THE AREA.

Review Man

I left the Hall of Sculpture behind and I continued down the Na Phra That Road towards the Royal Behind the Photos: Artist's Talk - The art centre at Silpakorn UniversityPalace. I turned right when I reached the Na Phra Lan. The art centre at Silpakorn University was just around the corner.

I went inside but it looked like it was closed. I walked around the university for a while and when I was about to leave there was a group of students outside the art centre. I approached them.

They told me that there was a photo exhibition on the second floor
- Is it open?
- Yes
- It looks like it is closed
She showed me the door and I was soon on the second floor looking at pictures from the great flooding of Thailand. There was also a room with pictures of a home with Alzheimer patients.

I was alone walking around looking at the pictures. And when I came down again I filled up a questionary.

Behind the Photos: Artist's Talk - The art centre at Silpakorn University

Behind the Photos: Artist's Talk - The art centre at Silpakorn University

The art centre at Silpakorn University
Silpakorn University

The art centre at Silpakorn University
The art centre at Silpakorn University

The art centre at Silpakorn University
Silpakorn University

The Behind the Photos: Artist's Talk (un)forgotten exhibition is a temporary exhibition. But if you're passing by the Silpakorn University it can be worth while stopping by to have a look if they have any exhibition going on. And it is free!

I was soon back out on the street and it was still full of tourists. Yes, there are so many tourists’ attractions in the area and I kind of liked the international atmosphere in the area. Well, that was after getting used to the crowd. Imagine running around here with a hangover, horrid!

All the walking around had made me hungry, and it was way past 4 o'clock and I had to start thinking about getting back to Sukhumvit Road. My plan was to stop to eat at S&P before taking the boat back to Sathorn and the Sapan Taksin.

And yes, Sapan is bridge in Thai and Thaksin was the King (April 17, 1734 – April 7, 1782 Reign: December 28, 1767 – April 6, 1782) that established the city Thonburi as the new capital, as the city Ayutthaya had been almost completely destroyed by the invaders.

Tourists in Bangkok
Plenty tourists in town

Tourists in Bangkok
Plenty tourists in town

Tourists in Bangkok
Plenty tourists in town

I walked down the Na Phra Lan towards the boat pier and I was quite satisfied with the day even though I skipped the National Museum. I was soon turning in to the Tha Maharaj to have a snack at S&P Restaurant in BangkokS&P before boarding the boat.

I asked for the green curry and two plates of steamed rice. And of course, no chilli in the green curry.

As I had asked for two plates of steamed rice the Waiter suggested a big bowl of the green curry, Yeah, why not? So I ordered the big bowl of green curry instead of the pathetic sized bowl of green curry. Not much time remaining before class start, but there is always time for a Gren curry with chicken. The brought the tea and food and it looked very nice. I poured the rice in the bowl of S&P Restaurant in Bangkokgreen curry and I dug in.
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It was very spicy Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.st and ice cold. I called the waiter and he wanted to bring the food to the kitchen to heat it up. Are you crazy?

How many times have this green curry been in and out of the micro already? And for how long have you kept it in the kitchen, an hour, a day or a week? For sure, I was not going to eat this.

Jeez, this was bad, and then they didn't want to give me my bill. And of course, places like this never take any responsibilities and I was charged 420 Baht PLUS, yes PLUS 22 Baht for service. What a robbery!

S&P Restaurant in Bangkok

Unnecessary to say, I will never set foot in any S&P restaurant again. Stupid me, I had been imagine myself eating green curry as good as I had at the Muse Kitchen by Elefin yesterday. I Trust me I’m a Bakerwas hungry and no time to find another restaurant. So I went to buy the ticket for the boat.

15 minutes until departure and I went to look for a place where I could buy some snacks. I walked around the Tha Maharaj and I saw a sign saying “Trust me I’m a Baker”

I went inside and the first thing I see is a fridge with a glass front full of temptations. I was hungry and I wanted to buy one piece of everything. But there were 3 female students in uniforms and I didn't want to get them in Chao Phraya Express Boatto shock. So I asked for two Almond Tarts with a bottle of water.

I ate the Almond Tarts standing up and I had a scones when I paid my bill. I went to the pier and the blue flagged boat was soon coming towards us. By now it was 5 o'clock and I knew that I would not make it to class in time. Touch and go, but I was not worried, our Teacher is never in time. Always Chao Phraya Express Boat15 minutes late. So I expected to be in school before our Teacher.

I boarded the Chao Phraya Express Boat and we were soon on our way. I was standing in the back with some other tourists

We had been on the way for a few minutes when the engine started to roar and the whole boat was shaking. I looked over the side and we were almost cutting another boat in half. That was a close one. Imagine falling in to the river with the dirty water and I don't even want to think about what else.

We reached Sathorn/ Sapan Taksin Pier and I was soon on the sky train bound for Silom and the Subway station. Not much people on the train when we left Sapan Taksin. But the train was full when we reached Silom. I was lucky to get out. And another million of passengers wanted to board the train. Most of them stayed behind when the train left as it was too full.

BTS Sky train in Bangkok
There are so much people on the sky train people cannot come on board
Silom sky train station when I get off

BTS Sky train in Bangkok
There are so much people on the sky train people cannot come on board
Silom sky train station when I get off

BTS Sky train in Bangkok
There are so much people on the sky train people cannot come on board
Silom sky train station when I get off

BTS Sky train in Bangkok
They have to take the next train
Silom sky train station when I get off

The subway was quite full as well, but not even close to how full the sky train was. But Sukhumvit station was full of passengers going up Ratchadapisek. So the train was full when they left Sukhumvit. I walked back home to fire up my computer and the internet. And I started to look for my next Bangkok Sight Seeing, Bangkok tourist attraction review, Bangkok Tourist, What to do for fun when you're too old for party - How to kill a day in Bangkok? And that will be adventure #10.

I decided to go straight from school to The National Museum of Royal Barges tomorrow. And you just need to click HERE to find yourself in the middle of that adventure

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OK, it has come to my knowledge that we have senior citizen visiting my web page. How hard can it be? So it's not very easy for them to see the blue coloured links to the next page.
Jiffy (also jiff)

noun [in SING.] informal a moment: we'll be back in a jiffy.

ORIGIN late 18th cent.: of unknown origin.

So as you understand, in a jiff pretty much depends on your internet.
So I put a “Next” button here and I hope that there isn't any problem to understand how to use that one.
So just CLICK the “Next” button on your left hand side and you will be on the next page in a jiff!

Marunong ka mag-tagalog? Walang problema! Magpunta sa kabilang pahina pindutin ang “NEXT” button sa itaas

Faites vous parlez le français? Pas de problème! Pour arriver à la page suivante faites s'il vous plaît un déclic le bouton “Next” ci-dessus!

Haga usted dice el español? No hay problema! Ver la siguiente página sólo hacer clic el botón “Next” encima!

Farla parla l'italiano? Non problemi! Per vedere la prossima pagina lo scatto per favore giusto Il bottone “Next” sopra

Sprechen sie Deutsch! Kein problem! Wenn Sie die folgende Seite sehen wollen gerade klicken der Knopf “Next” oben!

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E ni Svenskar och inte förstår Engelska så ska ni skämmas. J och Björn, med det menar jag inte att alla mina stavfel ska ältas varje gång vi träffas.

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