The buildings that house this art center on the campus of Silpakorn are worth a visit alone. The first red-roofed structure dates to 1782, when Bangkok was founded; it was originally built to hold an image of Buddha that was moved here from Sukothai. Tha Phra Palace, as it is called in Thai, became an art gallery in 1979. The three buildings behind it were added in the decades that followed.
The shows themselves are mixed and usually feature the work of more than one artist. But aside from what’s hanging on the walls, there’s a lot to see. The architectural styles represented here include three key periods, from 1782 to the mid-1800s: Rama I, early Rattanakosin, and Rama IV.
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