Located in an area of the Palace of the Second Sovereign, the National Theatre was built in 1960 and completed in 1965. The T-shaped building has a combination of Thai and international styles. The Thai feature seems to dominate the overall appearance of the theatre since it is expressed by the roofing, high relief of the God of Arts, and sculptures of characters of Thai classical plays.
The first museum in Thailand was established by King Rama IV (1851-1868). The king used two buildings in the Grand Palace to keep his private antique collections. The first public museum was opened in 1874 during King Rama V’s reign in a building named “Sala Sahathai Samakhom” located in the precinct of the Grand Palace. The Museum was relocated in 1887 to its current location.
The lively area of Tha Phra Chan used to be the palace of Prince Prachak Silpakom. Along Maha Rat and Phra Chan Roads surrounding Wat Maha that is the biggest amulet market in Bangkok where an array of amulets stands are found.
Formally known as “Thammasat Lae Kan Mueang University” (Moral and Political Sciences). Established in 1934, this university is the second modern university in Thailand. In the beginning, the university offered only courses in law and political economy. Later, the university was developed to have wider fields of study and the name was shortened to “Thammasat University”.
One of the most significant religious places on Rattanakosin Island. First built in the Ayutthaya Period (1350-1967) it became more and more important in the Rattanakosin Era. In King Rama I’s reign (1782-1809), the temple was the residence of the patriarch. In King Rama V’s reign (1868-1910), it was the place where the Royal Crematorium was built and processed.