Although an idea for a Bank of Thailand Museum was put forward as early as 1978 no steps were taken to make it a reality until almost twenty years later. The site was opened on the ninth of January, 1993, in a ceremony attended by King Bhumiphol Adulyadej and Queen Sirkit. The Thai museum is housed inside the Bang Khunphrom Palace, which at one time served as the residence of Prince Boribhat Sukhumbhandi. The grand palace blends western architectural styles from different periods of time and forms an imposing backdrop for the site.
The bank museum contains fourteen rooms each full of different exhibits that when put together tell the story of how currency changed and evolved in Thailand. The exhibits chronicle over six hundred years of currency in Thailand and charts the usage of glass beads, bullet coins or pot duang, and finally, notes as forms of currency. Museum highlights include a collection of Funan coins that were used between the first and seventh century and Sri Vijaya coins that were used between the eight and thirteenth century. There are also examples of currency from the Sukhothai era. The first bank notes are from 1853 during King Rama IV’s reign.
The Bank of Thailand Museum is open between Monday to Friday from 9.30 am to 4 pm, with a break between 12 pm and 1.30 pm. It is closed during all bank holidays. Although entry into the museum is free one has to arrange a visit at least a week in advance to avoid disappointment. The bank museum is located along Samsen Road in the city and is easily accessible by public transport. Visitors are not allowed to eat, drink or smoke inside and photography is strictly prohibited.
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