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Discover Floral Journeys at “The Museum Of Floral Culture”

If you are hunting for a new place to learn something brand new, interesting and highly specific in one particular thing, “The Museum of Floral Culture”, one of Bangkok’s newest museums and tourist attractions, would definitely fit the bill.

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If you are hunting for a new place to learn something brand new, interesting and highly specific in one particular thing, “The Museum of Floral Culture”, one of Bangkok’s newest museums and tourist attractions, would definitely fit the bill. And if you are a flower or antique architecture lover, you would surely head over heels in love with this place like I did before.


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Originally, this museum is founded by Mr.Sakul Intakul, one of Asia’s most renowned floral artists. He is famous for conveying spiritual ideals through sculptural plant and floral installations. Due to its peaceful location and uniquely antique Thai-Victorian style house, he decided to rent this house to be his office and found the first floral museum in Thailand. So, apart from exploring the histories of floral cultures in and around Asia, you also indirectly learn the history of Thai architecture highly influenced by Victorian architecture in the reign of King Rama the 6th as well.
The Museum of Floral Culture is designed to mainly focus on Thai floral culture as an important part of the Thai way of life. It also features unique and exclusive exhibitions of important and influential floral cultures from civilized countries across Asia. For example, India, China, Japan, Laos and Bali/Indonesia.
The exhibition is divided into 7 parts in different rooms and locations as follows: Dusit Gallery, World of Floral Culture, Temple of Flowers, Heritage of Thai Flower Culture I, The Heritage of Thai Flower Culture II, Pen, Pencil and Possibility and, lastly, Garden Tour. The museum and exhibition tour takes around 40-60 minutes and here are some brief explanation of each exhibition The Museum of Floral Museum provides.
At “Dusit Gallery” you will see rare and old photographs from the National Archives that evoke the exuberance and intricate refinement of Siamese floral culture in the reign of King Rama the 5th while  “The World of Floral Culture” exhibition showcases selected items that reflect the unique identities of floral cultures of India, China, Japan, Laos, Tibet and Indonesia (Specially Bali). The masterpiece of this exhibition room is a 1756 scroll that Mr. Sakul Intakul stumbled upon in a Tokyo bookstore. It explains classical Shoka flower arranging, in which practitioners of Ikebono, the oldest school of Ikebana, used a three-branch asymmetrical style.
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Dusit Gallery (Left) & The World of Culture (Right)
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The next exhibition you are going to explore is “Temple of Flower” exhibition which mainly focuses on the interesting and important interrelationship of forests, waterways, communities, people, cultures and floral cultures called “Trees of Flowers traditional parade” in Saeng Pha village located in Na Haew district of Loei.


Now, let's move to another room. When entering “The Heritage of Thai Flower Culture I & II”, you’ll learn the significances of Thai floral cultures. The Heritage of Thai Flower Culture I tells you a story of how Thai floral cultures has evolved while “The Heritage of Thai Flower Culture II” exclusively emphasizes on banana leaf works such as Baisri and Krathong.
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The Heritage of Thai Flower I & II
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Next exhibition you're going to visit is “Pen, Pencil and Possibility”. This exhibition reveals the original sketches of various works by Mr. Sakul Intakul. The significant highlight of this exhibition is the historical floral work gracing the state banquet in The Grand Palace in 2006 which cerebrated 60th anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyagej’s accession to the throne.

The last exhibition of the museum is “Garden”
which is a living exhibition with a beautiful landscape, exquisite Thai pavilion and various plants and flowers. And after taking an exhibition tour, you can enjoy your free time walking around the garden, taking some memorable photos of yourself and your companions or sipping some refreshing fragrant teas at the tea room named “Dok Mai Thai Salon du THÉ”
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Thai Pavilion

If you haven’t got any plans for this upcoming weekend, note this floral museum on your a must-visit place list. Then, bring some friends and don’t forget to cherish your time here :)
More Information
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Location: 315 Soi Samsaen 28, Yaek Soi Ongkarak 13, Nakornchaisri road, Dusit district, Bangkok
Tel.: 0-2660-3633
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday (10.00 a.m.-06.00 p.m.)
Admission Fee: 150 baht/person (Museum tour)
Language Options for Museum Tour: Thai, English and Japanese


Map & How to Get There


“The Museum of Floral Culture” is located in the quiet residential area of Dusit district. There are 2 easy ways to get to the museum as follows:

1.By Car: From Samsen Road Soi 28, turn left at Yaek Soi Ongkarak 13.  The Museum of Floral Culture is about 30 meters away on the right.
2.By Boat: From Sathorn Pier (Saphan Thaksin BTS station), travel to The Museum of Floral Culture only on the Orange Flag Chaopraya Express Boat. Get off at Payap Pier (N18). Then turn to Samsen Road Soi 28.
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