The Chao Sam Phraya museum is tucked nicely across a lake and surrounded by trees and nature. The steps greets the visitors with an array of school shoes from the school kids on an educational field trip. Off with your shoes, one thing to remember in most Asian countries, moreso in homes, government places and places of worship in Thailand.

The museum is a center for Ayutthaya history, with it being the former capital of Thailand. The kingdom of Ayutthaya was founded in 1351 by Phra Chao U-thong aka King Ramathibodi I. Back when Thailand was still known as Siam, the kingdom flourished and was the home of the king for 417 years.

Buddhism is the central religion and the museum boasts of hundreds of buddhas on display, in different poses and made from wood, metal and gold.

The pride of the museum collection are the treasures found in the basement chambers of Wat Rajaburana and Wat Mahathat, displayed in the two treasure rooms at the opposite ends of the upper hall. Take note that taking of photographs is not allowed in these rooms.

Chao Sam Phraya National museum is located on Rotchana road, Pratuchai in Ayutthaya. Opening times are from 9 am to 4 pm, Wednesday to Sunday.

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