October 18, 2015

1967 THAILAND (Bangkok) - Museum Siam in Bangkok

Located at Sanamchai road in Bangkok, the Museum Siam uses interactive storytelling with seven characters as intermediates. It focuses on the national identity of the people in Thailand which lets visitors learn about history of people in Thailand with a focus on people in Bangkok. The building itself, built in neoclassical style, is a piece of Thailand's history. A huge bronze ‘ribbon’ coiling and looping in the front garden is the first clue of things to come inside.

In the reception area, wooden stairs, ceramic tiles and old-fashioned columns contrast with resolutely modern art and advanced technology. Once you enter the first room the giant ribbon called The Roong seems to have crossed the wall, from room to room, transporting you through all things Thai, from the very beginning of Ayutthaya to the daily life and highlights of Thai history, wars, Buddhism and finally the modern world.

About the stamps
The first stamp is part of the series Temples, issued on May 15, 2002:
• Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) (3 THB) - It's on the postcar 1967
• Wat Poh (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) (3 THB)
• Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) (4 THB)
• Wat Benjamabophit (Marble Temple) (12 THB)

The second stamp is part of the series Thai Heritage Conservation Day 1997, about which I wrote here.

The third stamp was issued on May 6, 2003, to commemorate the Centenary of the Inspector General Department. In the postcard are portrayed King Rama V, who in 1903 established the Department, and King Rama VI, who was the Department's first Inspector General. In the background is the building of the Ministry of Defence, which initially also housed the office of the Inspector General Department.

The four stamp was issued on January 1, 2012, to mark the 20th Birthday Anniversary of H.R.H. Prince Mahidol of Songkhla. In the stamp is a portrait painting of H.R.H. Prince Mahidon Adunyadet, Prince of Songkhla and the Prince Father, i.e. the father of both King Ananda Mahidol (Rama VIII) and King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX). He was a son of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) with queen Sawang Wattana (Savang Vadhana) of whom he was the 7th child.

The last stamp was issued on October 21, 2011, to mark the 111th Birthday Anniversary of HRH Princess Sri Nagarindra, the Princess Mother. On the stamp is the portrait of Princess Sri Nagarindra, with her personal royal emblem.

Museum of Siam - Official website
Museum of Siam - Bangkok Guide

Sender: Pumipat
Sent from Bangkok (Bangkok / Thailand), on 06.04.2015

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