Thailand’s capital of Bangkok is one of the most vibrant cities in Asia that manages to capture the true essence of the continent. Crowds, heat and traffic are synonymous with its name as much as temples, royal palaces and street markets. Apart from these obvious attractions, its nooks and crannies are also filled with a myriad of strange and exotic sights that need a closer look and a broader mind to understand.
Just like any other city that attracts tourists, Bangkok has several museums that showcase the history and variety in the culture of the city and country. The Forensic Science Museum is unlike any of these traditional museums. Inside the Siriraj Medical Museum in the Siriaj Hospital on the west bank of Chao Pharya River, this section deals with the forensic aspect of medicine. Filled with bodies and organs in formaldehyde it is not for the squeamish or faint of heart.
Forensics inspects the reasons for death, so victims of murder, road accidents and even explosions are displayed in part to show how their lives were taken. Injuries caused by grenades and machinery can be clearly seen on the severed limbs that are preserved. Several pairs of Siamese twins are also displayed dissected to show the internal organ structures. In keeping with Thai tradition, visitors have left sweets and money as offerings to help their souls in the afterlife. A more sinister display is the mummified body of an infamous serial killer who preyed on children. His body was put on display after his execution as a deterrent from crime.
The featured exhibits are placed in one of the older parts of the hospital which adds to the eerie atmosphere of the museum. The Medical Museum also has sections dedicated to anatomy, pathology, toxicology and Thai traditional medicine. It is a strange yet educational experience that is only a few minutes detour from usual attractions.
Bangkok luxury hotels in the city provide stylish and convenient bases from which to start your tours as you go in search of the city’s many more interesting and bizarre sights. The Peninsula Bangkok combines modern comfort with timeless elegance to give visitors spacious rooms with a fabulous view of the river. Let this Bangkok luxury hotel be a starting point to your tour of Thailand’s wonders.
Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.