Pathum Thani is a neighbouring province of Bangkok. It is situated on the Chao Phraya basin with plenty of canals and orange plantations. Its original name is Mueang Sam Khok, which was founded during the Ayutthaya era. It was the settlement for the Mon people migrating from Mohtama (in Myanmar) over 350 years ago. In the year 1815 when King Rama II made a royal visit to this area, the inhabitants offered him plenty of lotus flowers which is the origin of the present name. The Pathum Thani Town is only 46 kms. from Bangkok.
The Golden Jubilee Museum of Agriculture
The Golden Jubilee Museum of Agriculture is situated in Tambon Khlong Nueng (Km. 46-48 Phahonyothin Road), opposite the Nava Nakorn Industrial Promotion Zone. The museum comprises a group of 9 buildings connecting to one another. It displays the story on agriculture through modern technology and models, covering every aspect of the agricultural process such as land development, forestry, fishery, animal husbandry, and ecological system, while outside are the greenhouses, demonstrating rice fields, and a presentation of the farmers’ lifestyles in every region of Thailand. Moreover, it is a training centre, an academic seminar venue on agriculture, and a source for education on the royal projects. It is open on Tuesday – Sunday and public holidays and closed on Monday from 9.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. It is free of charge. For more information, please contact Tel. 0 2529 2211-4.
The National Archives in Commemoration of H.M. the King’s Golden Jubilee
The museum was constructed on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of His Majesty’s Accession to the Throne in 1996 by the Fine Arts Department in honour of His Majesty the King with a budget of 720.4 million Baht. H.M. the King granted its name as “the National Archives in Commemoration of H.M. the King’s Golden Jubilee.”
The National Archives is located in an area of 75 rai. Its building was constructed in the applied Thai architecture of King Rama IX’s reign. It is in Tambon Khlong Ha, Amphoe Khlong Luang, Pathum Thani. It comprises a group of 4 buildings connecting to one another and an all-purpose square, covering a total area of 20,000 square metres consisting of:
1st Building: A 9-floored building for the collection of archives, covering an area of 6,000 square metres.
2nd Building: A building for research, covering an area of 4,500 square metres.
3rd – 4th Buildings: Permanent exhibitions of H.M. the King’s royal activities and projects from His Majesty’s royal initiatives, covering an area of 3,000 square metres.
An all-purpose square for organising activities, covering an area of 3,500 square metres.
The Fine Arts Department wants these 4 buildings of the National Archives to be the most perfect place to collect the documents important to the nation on his royal biography, activities of H.M. the King and the royal family, to be a centre of study and research for government authorities, private organisations, students and the general public to facilitate in the collection, display, searching process, and preservation of the documents relating to H.M. the King’s biography and activities such as His royal pieces of writings, instructions, speeches, compositions, paintings, photos, records of his voice, including the document of the operation in his royal projects due to his royal initiatives and other projects in honour of H.M. the King. Therefore, this National Archives is a learning place for the younger generation and youth to realise and appreciate the King’s talent in ruling the country and the loyalty of the Thais towards every king of Thailand. It is open on Monday – Friday from 9.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. For a search of photos, archives and a group visit, please contact in advance at Tel. 0 2902 7940 ext. 111, 113.
Rangsit Science Education Centre
It is situated near Khlong Hok. The centre’s entrance is next to the Rajamangala University of Technology, 4 kilometres from the Rangsit – Nakhon Nayok Intersection. It is under the supervision of the Office of the Non-formal Education Commission. It is an educational learning source on science for children, youth and the public. It comprises exhibitions on science, technology, natural science, astronomy, and space. Moreover, there are various experimental activities encouraging fun learning. It is open every Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. and closed on Monday and public holidays. There is no entrance fee. For more information, please contact Tel. 0 2577 5456-59.
Wat Chedi Hoi
Wat Chedi Hoi is located at Mu 4, Tambon Bo Ngoen. To get there: Take Highway No. 341 (Pathum Thani – Lat Lum Kaeo) to kilometre marker Nos. 21-22 and turn to the temple for approximately 10 kilometres. In the compound of the temple, a large number of gigantic fossilised oyster shells, aged millions of years were discovered. Luangpho Thongklueng, therefore, took the shells to build a chedi at the entrance of and in the temple. Furthermore, there is a museum collecting Buddha images, art objects, antiques, and many old utensils such as Sam Khok water jars, pottery, engraved wood, calculators, etc. Within the compound of the temple is a herbal garden, as well as, turtle and fish ponds for tourists to relax and feed the animals.
Wat Phuet Udom
Wat Phuet Udom is in Tambon Lam Sai 31 kilometres from the National Memorial along Highway No. 3312. There is a minibus provided from Min Buri, Nong Chok, and Saphan Mai to the temple all day. This temple is located on the bank of Khlong Hok Wa and contains many sculptures presenting the belief in sins and goodness in Buddhism. Inside the ubosot resides a replica of the Luangpho Sothon Buddha image with small stairs up to the artificial 6 realms of heaven and down to hell under the ubosot.
The National Memorial
The National Memorial is located in Tambon Khu Khot in the connecting area of Vibhavadi Rangsit and Phahonyothin Roads. It is accessible by taking the bus Nos. 29, 34, 39, 59, 95, and air-conditioned bus Nos. 503, 504, 510, 513, 524, 529 and 539. It covers an area of 38 rai and is under the supervision of the Armed Forces Education Department, Supreme Command Headquarters. It is a memorial extolling the heroic deeds of Thai ancestors who used their intellect, ability, flesh and blood, as well as, their life to protect this Motherland. It is also a museum providing knowledge on Thai history and major Thai battles, including the Thai armies’ mission abroad such as the Vietnam War, Korean War, presented through dioramas of the happening and photos. There are rooms displaying the evolution of uniforms and ranking insignias of the militants in every period and soil from major battlefields. In front of the building resides King Rama V’s beautifully engraved marble statue of a half larger than life size. Another very interesting part of this memorial is the building exhibiting the magnificent visual arts on the 90-metre arch wall telling the story from the Sukhothai period to the Rattanakosin period, together with a narrative explanation. Outside the building lies gigantic decommissioned military weapons.
It is open on Monday to Friday from 9.00 – 12.00 a.m. and 1.00 – 3.00 p.m. without any entrance fee. A guide can be requested upon appointment in advance for a group visit at Tel. 0 2532 1020-1.
Wat Song Phi Nong
Wat Song Phi Nong is located in Tambon Ban Ngio, on the bank of the Chao Phraya River above Wat Phai Lom. It was constructed in 1867. There are two sacred Buddha images residing on the bank of the river which are Luangpho Phet, a laterite Buddha image in the subduing Mara posture reflecting the U Thong art and Luangpho Phloi, a carved stone one, also presenting U Thong art. The latter was stolen. Therefore, it was rebuilt by the temple and has been respected among the boatmen and the public.
Wat Chedi Thong
Wat Chedi Thong is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, Tambon Khlong Khwai. To get there: Take the Pathum Thani – Sam Khok route for approximately 8 kilometres and turn right for 500 metres to the temple. Inside the temple lies a Mon style chedi, constructed during the early Rattanakosin era by the Mons. Its architecture was duplicated from the Burmese “Chittakong” chedi. Besides, there is a Buddha image in the subduing Mara posture, made of white jade and revered by the Thai-Mon people.
Wat Chankapho is in Tambon Bang Toei, on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, 6 kilometres from the city hall. It was constructed by the Mons during the reign of King Rama II and was called “Wat Kwo”, meaning “Chankapho” – Vatica diospyroides Sym. – which for the Mons is an auspicious tree similar to the golden shower. Inside the temple is a cultural hall collecting Mon objets d’art. There is also a project to preserve the fish species in front of the temple. Besides, the temple is an important ceremonial venue of the Pathum Thani locals such as “Ok Hoi Pachu”, Takhap Flag competition, a ceremony offering food to 100 monks, etc.
Boat Library and Bang Prok Community
The Bang Prok Community is next to Wat Hong Pathummawat. It is a strong Mon community in the preservation and the revival of the Mon culture. The people in the community have together built a boat library made of an old boat under the shade of a banyan tree, aged more than 100 years. It is a centre of teenagers to get together and search for knowledge. There are many classes provided such as a computer class, traditional Thai dancing class, traditional Thai long drum class, as well as, traditional Thai music class. It is a production and selling area of the community’s products. There is a playground, a welcoming centre organising activities for visitors such as musical and Mon traditional dance performances, local Mon cuisine such as Khao Chae –steamed rice in cold scented water, eaten with condiments, Kalamae – Thai rice caramel – cooking, Mon cultural shows such as Hang Hong-Thong Takhap procession tradition, traditional Thai medicine centre, organic fertilizer production, and the making of souvenirs from left-over materials. For more information, please contact Khun Chaluai Kawaonak, the chairman of the community, at Tel. 0 2581 1252, 08 6355 8306.
Wat Bot is situated in Tambon Ban Klang on the east side of the Chao Phraya River. It can be visited by crossing Pathum Thani Bridge to the east side. Turn left at the crossroads and make a u-turn under the bridge to the temple on the opposite side of the road. Wat Bot was constructed in 1621 by the Mons who migrated from Pegu or Hongsawadi town. The name of the temple was from the village where the Mons had previously lived, similar to many other temples in Pathum Thani such as Wat Hong, Wat Bang Tanai, etc. People usually come to pay respect to the statues of three Buddha images in the ubosot and the cast statue of Luangpu Thian (Phrakhru Bowonthammakit), a senior monk who possesed high knowledge and tried to promote education among the Pathum Thani people. Moreover, there is an ancient wihan where an ancient Mon Buddha image, and Phra Saeng Ayasit – a sword of absolute power, reside, as well as many significant objects such as a four-headed elephant and a bronze miniature roofed throne to be put on top of a swan column and the lead sculpture of Ya-le (Jarlet), a dog of King Rama VI, which was granted to the abbot by the king when he visited Pathum Thani.
The museum is situated in Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi. Founded in 2000 as a project of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to collect lotus species both Thai, foreign and hybrid, this museum is a research and learning centre.
Its aim is to study the lotus itself and put different parts of the plant to good use. In addition, it is a lotus botanical garden, dedicated to the preservation and propagation of the beautiful flower, and this makes it an ideal resource for ecotourism.
The area is filled with hundreds of various kinds of lotus planted both in pots and in ponds, including “Mangkala Ubol” which received the award of Best New Hardy Waterlily 2004 in the 19th World Lotus Competition in the U.S.A.
The museum is open from Monday – Friday, 8:30 – 16:30 with free admission.
For further information, contact Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi,
Rangsit-Nakhon Nayok Road, Tambon Khlong Hok, Amphoe Thanyaburi, Pathum Thani 12110. Tel.0 2549 3043 Fax.0 2549 349, 0 2577 2357
Muai Thai Institute
This institute has been established by the World Muay Thai Council in order to promote this folk arts of self defense at national and international levels. It offers three types of Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) courses for both Thais as well as foreigners. Besides the fundamental programmes which provide skills, experience, and knowledge of the Muay Thai culture, one can apply for special programmes to become Muay Thai instructors or referees. Contact the Muay Thai Institute at 336/932 Prachathipat, Thanyaburi, Pathum Thani 12130, Tel: 0 2992 0096-9.
Dream World Amusement Park
It is situated in Tambon Bueng Yitho, Km. 7 on the Rangsit – Nakhon Nayok route, Khlong Sam. Take air-conditioned bus No. 538 (Victory Monument – Rajamangala University of Technology) or take a bus of the BMTA to Rangsit, continue with any bus to Rajamangala University of Technology and get off at Dream World.
Dream World is an amusement park and a relaxing venue where various kinds of entertainment are put together in an area of more than 160 rai. It comprises 4 lands, designed to be different places of happiness and fun; namely, Dream World Plaza, a land full of beautiful and elegant architecture on both sides, Dream Garden, a nice garden in a relaxing atmosphere around a giant lake and where there is a cable car to see the panoramic view from the sky, Fantasy Land, a fairyland comprising a castle of the Sleeping Beauty, Bread House and Giant’s House, Adventure Land, an adventurous and challenging area, comprising Space Train, Viking Ship, Snow Town, etc.
Entrance fee is 450 Baht. It is open on Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., and Saturday – Sunday, including public holidays from 10.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m., Tel. 0 2533 1152 or website: http://www.dreamworld-th.com.
This first Mon style temple of Pathum Thani is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, 3 kms. from the township area. It houses Luang Pho To, an Ayutthaya style gold covered Buddha image in a rare mara posture and Luang Pho Phet, a reclining Buddha image. The monks’ former quarters has been turned into a museum for Mon antiques along with a teak reproduction of a Lord Buddha footprint and a bedstead utilized by King Rama II during his visit to Sam Khok. The villagers living around the temple produce old style Mon bricks, famous products of Pathum Thani.
Wat Phai Lom
This temple is located on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River in Amphoe Sam Khok. The Asian Open-bills migrate from India to lay their eggs here from November to May. Other kinds of migratory birds include the Black-capped Kingfishers, the Spot-billed Pelicans and the Black-headed Ibis.
Talat Thai is Thailand’s largest, international standard wholesale and retail market for food products and all agricultural produces including fruits, vegetables, cut flowers and pot plants. It is located on 200 acres of land in Tambon Rangsit, Amphoe Thanyaburi on Bangkok’s outskirts and can be accessible by Phahonyothin Road.
City Pillar Shrine
This is located in the compound of the City Hall. It was constructed in 1977 as a four-gabled pavilion housing the city pillar and statues of the gods Narai and Vishnu. On one side is enshrined a Buddha image of the Sukhothai style in the attitude of Subduing Evil.
This temple, originally called Wat Makham Tai, is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River slightly opposite the mouth of Khlong Rangsit Prayunsak in the vicinity of Amphoe Muang. The main interests are mural paintings depicting the story of “Phra Chao Sip Chat” or Lord Buddha’s ten lives with poetic descriptions.
Wat Hong Pathummawat
This temple is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River in the town. It was constructed by the Mon immigrants in 1764 during the reign of King Taksin. The chedi and vihara are replicas of the ones at Hongsawadi City. The fish sanctuary in front of the temple attracts many tourists during holidays.
The Supreme Artist Hall
The Supreme Artist Hall is located at Khlong (Canal) 5 in Khlong Luang district. It is evident to the Thai People that His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej has taken an active interest in all kinds of Art. His Majesty’s accomplishments in the Arts are witnessed and recognised worldwide.
The three-story building is divided into seven rooms : one for Administration, one for temporary exhibition, five for permanent exhibition (two for the Supreme Artist, and three for 151 National Artists / since 1985-2003). The exhibition halls are equipped with modern mixed media; such as video, multimedia computer, video CD, CD, Duratane picture, Diorama, Karaoke, photo sticker box, slide multi-vision etc.
Open Tuesday-Sunday from 09.30 a.m. 4.00 p.m. For further information, please contact : 66 2986 5020-4 or log on to www.culture.go.th/supreme/main.php for further details.
The Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum (SEACM), Bangkok University, Rangsit Campus
The Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum (SEACM) was established in 2002 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Bangkok University. The museum, which houses more than 2,000 ancient and valuable ceramics donated by Mr. Surat Osathanugrah, the founder of Bangkok University, aims to instill an appreciation for ceramics in students, art lovers and art enthusiasts alike. It will also be a center for research and training on all aspects of historical ceramics.
The museum is responsible for housing and preserving valuable collections of ancient ceramics, most of them made in Thailand or imported into Thailand in ancient times; collating data and information related to ceramic wares and potteries; identifying the various types of ceramics according to their origins and characteristics; documenting and safeguarding the collections; exhibiting the collections; organizing educational activities; and providing ancillary museum services and any other activities that will contribute to the uniqueness of the museum. The Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum Newsletter makes news from the museum and from regional sources available to ceramics enthusiasts.
How to get to SEACM
Public transportation: The following public transport is available:
- Regular bus Nos. 29, 39
- Rangist-Pratunam Phra In bus
- Air-con bus Nos. 29, 39, 510
- Air-con van (Victory Monument-BU Rangsit Campus)
Private transportation: Convenient and spacious parking is available at Parking lot No. 5, Bangkok University
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Closed on Sunday and Monday
For more information, please contact:
Educational Services Department
The Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum
Bangkok University, Rangsit Campus
9/1 Moo 5. Amphur Klong Luang,
Pathum Thani 12120
Tel: 0-2902-0299 Ext. 2890, 2892
National Science Museum
The Science Museum is considered as a display venue for exhibitions and scientific activities to communicate with and provide knowledge to visitors to better understand science and technology, as well as, to apply them in daily life for the sustainable development of the country. Located in Tambon Khlong Hok, within the compound of the Technopolis Complex, 4 kilometres from the intersection of the Rangsit – Nakhon Nayok Road, the museum is accessible by taking air-conditioned bus No. 1155, Rangsit – Future Park – Science Museum Line. It is distinctive due to its design into a dice shape.
Inside, the building displays exhibitions of science through modern technology that create fun at the same time as learning. On the 1st floor lies a photo gallery, scientific pieces of work, and gigantic artificial earth. On the 2nd floor is a life-like reconstruction of “Lucy” fossils, presenting the creation of the first human being, a spaceship, and a replica of an astronaut. On the 3rd floor is located a shadow tunnel and a wooden house presenting the information on lights, while the 4th floor exhibits the basic information and technology of Thailand, geographical, geological and ecological characteristics, agricultural production, as well as, technology in construction. The 5th floor displays human anatomy and daily life utensils, while the 6th floor has a presentation on Thai intellect. Moreover, there is a natural science museum, which manifests knowledge on natural science.
It is open on Tuesday – Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. and from 9.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. on Saturday – Sunday and public holidays. It is closed on Monday. Entrance fee is 60 Baht. For more information, please contact Tel. 0 2577 9999 or visit www.nsm.or.th.
There are many routes to Pathum Thani:
a) Bangkok-Bang Khen-Pathum Thani
b) Bangkok-Nonthaburi-Pak Kret-Pathum Thani
c) Bangkok-Bang Yai-Bang Bua Thong-Lat Lum Kaeo-Pathum Thani
Pathum Thani can be reached by the following buses:
Bus No. 33 (Sanam Luang-Pathum Thani)
Bus No. 90 (Chatuchak-Tiwanon Road) connecting a Rangsit-Pathum Thani bus
Buses No. 29, 34, 39, 59, 95, 503 to Rangsit, then connecting a Rangsit-Pathum Thai bus
Bus No. 104 (Victory Monument-Pak Kret), then connecting Bus No. 33 or Bus No. 90