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Vol. XIII No.5 - Sunday March 9, 2014 - Saturday March 22, 2014


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Life in Chiang Mai

 


A lesser-known museum, well-worth a visit

By Paul Surtees
Situated in the middle of Chiang Mai’s walled and moated old city, the Treasury Museum is sometimes overlooked – but is well worth a short visit.
It is located at Rajdamnoen Road, Tambon Sri Phum, and is just opposite the fine old Northern Thai house which is the Lanna Archecture Centre: itself displaying interesting models of many traditional local building styles.
Not far away at 50/1 on that same central road is the lovely Tamarind Village resort hotel, to which you can repair for delectable refreshments before or after your museum visit.
The Treasury pavilion presents the whole history of money in this part of the world, with numerous ancient examples on display. Their extensive collection includes the old Chinese coins; bracelet money; flower money; pod dung (a bent silver bar, adorned with insignia- called bullet money); plus a wide variety of old and modern gold and silver coins.
A visit, which is aided by them having the display cabinet labels in both Thai and English, will take you through this rich and varied history of local coinage, taking you from ancient times right up to the special commemorative coins of the present day.
They also have an attractive range of souvenir items on sale. These include individual, a complete mounted set of medallions bearing pictures of the Chinese signs of the zodiac; gold coins; commemorative medals; and much else besides.
The museum staff there are unfailingly helpful and gracious. By mistake, I bought the wrong zodiacal sign as a gift for someone: they readily and kindly exchanged it for the correct one, without any difficulties.
This is not an over-large collection of display galleries, so you will not get ‘’museum feet’’ by perambulating their halls!
A visit there will provide insights to the reign history of this part of Thailand, as well as an appreciation of the imaginative range of items used down the centuries as metal coinage. A visit is therefore recommended.
 


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