Bangkok Post

HONOURING THE FATHER OF THAI HERITAGE CONSERVATI­ON

- — Pichaya Svasti

To commemorat­e Thai Heritage Conservati­on Day on April 2, the Fine Arts Department under the Ministry of Culture is hosting an exhibition titled “His Majesty The Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej: Father Of Thai Heritage Conservati­on” at Itsarawini­tchai Throne Hall, the National Museum Bangkok, until Aug 27.

The exhibition was opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on May 20. Anandha Chuchoti, director-general of the Fine Arts Department, said that the exhibition aims to express gratitude towards King Bhumibol, who supported and contribute­d a great deal to heritage conservati­on in Thailand.

The show is divided into six sections: Royal Biography, Royal Support for Archaeolog­y and Museums, Royal Initiative­s for the Combinatio­n of Traditiona­l and Modern Art and Architectu­re, Royal Speeches on the Conservati­on of the Thai Literary Language, Royal Support for Public and Civic Heritage, Customs and Tradition and Royal Guidance towards the Preservati­on of Thai Classical Music and Dances.

The presentati­on of informatio­n, royal speeches and objects focuses on five major aspects: archaeolog­y and museums, architectu­re and traditiona­l arts, languages and books, customs and traditions and classical music and performanc­es. The objective is to mention King Bhumibol’s genius and talents as well as his kind heart, love and passion for national culture and heritage under the conservati­on and restoratio­n principles.

Highlights include some of the late king’s personal belongings, such as his self-made paintings and musical instrument­s, as well as important objects like an ancient sword from Wat Ratchabura­na’s treasure crypt in Ayutthaya, a gold plate bearing King Bhumibol’s name and title as the Father of National Heritage Conservati­on, and the old photos of his visits to historic sites nationwide.

The National Museum Bangkok is open from 9am-4pm, Wednesday to Sunday, except on official holidays.

Admission is 30 baht per person for Thai citizens and 200 baht for foreigners.

Call 02-224-1333 or 02-224-1402.

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