Bangkok Corrections Museum, Bangkok

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The Bangkok Corrections Museum is an incarceration museum in Bangkok, Thailand. It is located on Maha Chai Road on the site of a former Bangkok maximum security prison built in 1890, during the reign of King Chulalongkorn Rama V. It was planned to follow the Brixton Prison of England. The prison museum was established in 1939 in another prison, the Bang Kwang Central Prison, which had served as a training center for corrections officers and gained the notorious title "Bangkok Hilton" in the way that the Hanoi Hilton did in Vietnam for its brutal prison history.The museum records the macabre history and prison life in Thailand. However, although the Thai government decided to demolish much of the prison in 1987, three blocks, a cellblock, part of the prison wall and two watchtowers were preserved to establish the new Bangkok Corrections Museum. Later the remainder of the site became the Romanni Nart Park, officially opening on August 7, 1999 by Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn.DisplayOn the ground floor of Block 1 there are photographs of the old prison and a scaled model of the old prison compound. On the upper floor are life-sized waxed figures involved in execution scenes, depicting gruesome scenes with swords and torture.The second and third blocks of the Bangkok Corrections Museum contrastingly exhibit the finest items made by the prison inmates during their imprisonment such as furniture and handicraft, some of which are for sale.
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  • Too bad. Museum appears to be (permanently?) closed. Heads-up would have been great, but then again, we didn't do our homework. So fault is on us. No need to visit this construction site ;-)  more »
  • Wanted and so is Japan, but no fun exhibition gold mine and the puppet series, this on the prison system, there was no interest. Monitor watch is extra in the old building, with building meaning have you thought.
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  • We wanted to see the Museum, but it was unfortunately closed. Also, no one could tell us when it does again. The adjacent Park is however very nice and worth a walk.
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  • The prison museum is permanently closed. Only can see and stroll around the park.
  • Nice historical place in Bangkok. It is a great park for jogging, exercising, walking... doing any kind of physical activity and meditation .
  • Unfortunately permanently closed despite several sources online claiming or implying it is open . It is permanently closed. Confirmed 2017.
  • Very interesting place but not in trendy attraction for traveller Cause of --NO promotional-- At first time I think maybe closed til I walked into RHOMMANEENART PARK I'd found entrance to exhibition.
  • It is very beautiful, colorful and with good architectural value. The visit into the temple is permitted and if one wishes to pray at that spot is a freestanding enclosure. We were there by 11am and it was already very crowded.
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