The Bangkok National Gallery displays masterpieces by national artists, starting in the 17th century and working forwards. Without a great knowledge of Thai art, fully understanding the permanent collection can be difficult. But it's worth checking out the temporary, more modern exhibitions in the gardens and special collections building. Housed in what used to be the Royal Mint, the gallery is just 5 minutes from Khao San Road.

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Bangkok National Gallery highlights

The Bangkok National Art Gallery's permanent collection is spread over 2 floors. One highlight is the collection of paintings by past and present Kings of Thailand, including some very colorful works by H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej painted in the 1960s. Some of the pieces in the ground floor sculpture room are also worth a look.

The garden and courtyard areas usually display some interesting sculptures. The special collection building is at the back of the courtyard with art from home and abroad – everything from painting to prints and installations.

The Bangkok National Gallery is quite easy to find. Coming from the Old Town you’ll find it at the opposite end of Sanam Luang towards the Grand Palace. The nicest way to get there is by river taxi as you get to check out some great Bangkok sites on the way. You can take the express boat or the orange flag boat and get off at Phra Athit Pier (N13). From there, walk to the end of the road then turn left at Chao Fah Road and continue walking for about 15 minutes. 

Bangkok National Art Gallery

Location: 4 Chao Fa Rd, Chana Songkhram, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

Open: Wednesday–Sunday from 9am to 4pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

Phone: +66 (0)2 281 2224