Story and Photos by: TAT NEWS
November 14, 2018 – January 13, 2019
The ‘Sri Mahasamut Ship’ floating museum now open at ICONSIAM, the new 54 billion Baht mixed-use development that opened alongside the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok in early November.
The life-sized vessel was built by ICONSIAM to commemorate King Taksin the Great on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of the establishment of Krung Thonburi Sri Mahasamut. It’s modelled after the Red Head Junks, as they were called by the Teochew people, and showcases the life and legacy of the king in a captivating experience that’s aimed at making visitors feel as though they’ve travelled back in time.
Back to the glory days of ship trade in the 18th Century when Krung Thonburi was a major port on the international trade route.
The ship features three exhibition zones. The Captain’s Cabin is focused on the history of ship trade, the building and relocation of Krung Thonburi’s capital and Krung Thonburi as a port city for commerce, while the Crew Cabin portrays what life was like onboard for the crew. The Civilization Archive tells of King Taksin the Great’s city rebuilding initiatives and the history of trade relations and diplomacy between Thonburi and China.
isitors can also enjoy some hands-on activities, like hoisting a cargo crate as if they were a crew member back in ancient times and changing into the national outfits of various nationalities and taking photos with the Civilization Archive through Kinect.
Views of the Chao Phraya River can be had from the Sri Mahasamut Ship’s top deck.
The Sri Mahasamut Ship floating museum is open daily from 10:00 Hrs. to 22:00 Hrs, until 13 January 2019. Admission is free. Visitor may also want to visit Phra Racha Wang Derm or Thon Buri Palace (more details here), which offers free admission from 15 to 28 December 2018 to commemorate King Taksin The Great on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of the establishment of Krung Thonburi Sri Mahasamut.
Situated on Charoen Nakorn Road in Klong San, ICONSIAM is a joint project of retail and real estate developer Siam Piwat, Magnolia Quality Development Corporation and the Charoen Pokphand group. It includes two shopping complexes covering 525,000 square metres, world-class dining, a 3,000 seat auditorium, the 10,000 square metre River Park and two luxury condominiums – the Magnolias Waterfront Residences ICONSIAM and The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok.