Day 2a – Old Thailand, New Thailand !
My first stop for the day was the Bangkok National Museum which is just a short walking distance from the Grand Palace. The entrance was free when I visited as commemoration of the King’s death. They have also provided a map of the whole compound which is very helpful. I also got to see some students busy with painting.
Overall, I loved everything about the museum. It showcases Buddhism which is a big part of Thai culture. I know very little about the history, culture and art of Buddhism so visiting the museum was a learning experience for me. I would suggest to spend at least 2-3 hours to fully enjoy what Bangkok National Museum has to offer.
I had lunch at a small stall in the far end of the compound and I loved the noodles! Food was fairly priced as well. (Don’t be scared, the stall looks shady, but I promise the food is great!)
The next place I visited was the Bangkok Arts and Culture Center, which is just near my hostel and also MBK Center. It is a contemporary arts center which is open every Tuesday-Sunday at 9:30AM to 9PM.
Immediately upon entering, I was amazed on how big it was and how beautiful the structure is. The lower floors showcase a beautiful array of cafes and souvenir shops. The main galleries are on the upper floors. There is no entrance fee however you would need to give a security deposit(which you will get back after) for the padlock, which you will use for the lockers as you cannot bring your bags inside the exhibits.
Oh, and I also got a free souvenir, by answering a quick survey about BACC afterwards!