Museum in the Hospital

By: Dawn SRV

Nov 13 2015

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Category: For the love of the river

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I stood watching Chao Phraya River flowing leisurely by in front of a building that once was an old railway station. The station has been moved to other place. Now this building has been converted to a folk museum.

The museum itself is divided into two parts. One part exhibits history of the first hospital in Thailand and modern medical education of the country. The other part exhibits history of the community. The area has gone through many ups and downs.

More than two hundred years ago, it was a sea port. When they were building foundation of the hospital’s new building a few years ago, construction workers came across an ancient ship buried in the ground. It appeared to be an old day sea-faring ship, 24 meters long. Many ceramic products have also been found buried at the same earth layer.

Some two hundred years ago when Bangkok had moved across the river, the land became a site of a palace, belonging to one gallant and cultured prince.

Approximately a hundred years later, it was the site of the first all girl boarding school in Thailand before this school moved to its current location in Sukhumvit area. Since then the site has been used as the first modern hospital in Thailand.

Around the same period, it was a community where high rank officials lived because it was on the opposite side of the river from the Grand Palace, the hub of government administration then.

Then the country was modernized, a railway station was built to the north of the hospital, linking Bangkok with the southern part of Thailand. During the Second World War, the railway station was bombarded heavily by the Allies.

Obviously Chao Phraya River has witnessed all these as it flows leisurely, quietly by.

Ticket counter of the railway station

Ticket counter of the railway station

Railway benches in the orientation room where museum visitors are briefed with short film

Railway benches in the orientation room where museum visitors are briefed with short film

Photos of historic buildings

Photos of historic buildings

Herbs garden linking two buildings of the museum

Herbs garden linking two buildings of the museum

Ancient sea-faring ship unearthed at the site.

Ancient sea-faring ship unearthed at the site.

Community's life style in 1880 A.D.

Community’s life style in 1880 A.D.

Sample of government official's house

Sample of government official’s house

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