Phra Pathom Chedi National Museum in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand

Phra Pathom Chedi National Museum (พิพิธภัณฑสถานแห่งชาติ พระปฐมเจดีย์) is located in Phra Pathom Chedi, Muang district, Nakhon Pathom. The gathered antiques from The Dvaravati culture during B.E.12-16 were kept in 2 floors Thai house. They were once stored in the veranda of Phra Pathom Chedi until B.E.2454 they were moved into a temple next to ubosot and was later called Phra Pathom Chedi National Museum. The museum open from Wednesday to Sunday at 9.00 am to 4.00 pm.

Later the museum was transferred to be under the Fine Arts Department and became the National Museum in B.E.2477. Due to the limitation of space in 1B.E.2501 the existing building was built to house the collection. Mostly, the collection in this museum was evidence from Dvaravati culture. It was the glorious past of Nakhon Pathom province. At the museum have separated zones to tell the story of the past.

Zone 1: starts with an introduction to present-day Nakhon Pathom, including its geography, economy and demography. This is followed by its history. Visitors will see evidence of prehistoric dwellers found in the area, dating back 2,000-3,000 years.

Zone 2: At this zone in the museum will focuses on beliefs and religions through art mostly related to Buddhism and the main faith of Dvaravati culture.

Zone 3: This is the showcases in the history and development in Nakhon Pathom area during the Rattanakosin period. This is include a model of Pathom Nakhon Palace which was the residence of King Mongkut during his visit to Nakhon Pathom and Buddha images been found at Phra Pathom Chedi as well as a model of present day Nakhon Pathom town. This also become one of the symbol of the province. The highlights are models of Phra Pathom Chedi, whose shape has been altered several times since the Dvaravati period.

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