The National Archives in Commemoration of HM the King’s Golden Jubilee
The museum was constructed at the 50th Anniversary of His Majesty’s Accession to
the Throne in 1996 by the Fine Arts Department in honour of His Majesty the King
with a budget of 720.4 million Baht. HM the King granted its name as “the National
Archives in Commemoration of HM the King’s Golden Jubilee.”
The National Archives is located in an area of 75 rai. Its building was constructed
in the applied Thai architecture of King Rama IX’s reign. It is in Tambon Khlong
Ha, Amphoe Khlong Luang, Pathum Thani. It comprises a group of four buildings connecting
to one another and an all-purpose square, covering a total area of 20,000 square
metres consisting of:
1st Building: A 9-floored building for the collection of archives, covering an area
of 6,000 square metres.
2nd Building: A building for research, covering an area of 4,500 square metres.
3rd – 4th Buildings: Permanent exhibitions of HM the King’s royal activities and
projects from His Majesty’s royal initiatives, covering an area of 3,000 square metres.
An all-purpose square for organising activities, covering an area of 3,500 square
The Fine Arts Department wants these four buildings of the National Archives to be
the perfect place to collect the documents important to the nation on his royal biography,
activities of HM the King and the royal family, to be a centre of study and research
for government authorities, private organisations, students and the public to ease
in the collection, display, searching process, and preservation of the documents
relating to HM the King’s biography and activities such as His royal pieces of writings,
instructions, speeches, compositions, paintings, photos, records of his voice, including
the document of the operation in his royal projects due to his royal initiatives
and other projects in honour of HM the King. Therefore, this National Archives is
a learning place for the younger generation and youth to realise and appreciate the
King’s talent in ruling the country and the loyalty of the Thais towards every king
of Thailand. It is open on Monday – Friday from 9.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. For a search
of photos, archives and a group visit, please contact in advance at Tel. 0 2902 7940
0 2902 7940 Ext. 111, 113.
The National Memorial is located in Tambon Khu Khot in the connecting area of Vibhavadi
Rangsit and Phahonyothin Roads. It is accessible by taking the bus Nos. 29, 34, 39,
59, 95, and air-conditioned bus Nos. 503, 504, 510, 513, 524, 529 and 539. It covers
an area of 38 rai and is under the supervision of the Armed Forces Education Department,
Supreme Command Headquarters. It is a memorial extolling the heroic deeds of Thai
ancestors who used their intellect, ability, flesh and blood, as well as, their life
to protect this Motherland. It is also a museum providing knowledge on Thai history
and major Thai battles, including the Thai armies’ mission abroad such as the Vietnam
War, Korean War, presented through dioramas of the happening and photos. There are
rooms displaying the evolution of uniforms and ranking insignias of the militants
in every period and soil from major battlefields. In front of the building resides
King Rama V’s beautifully engraved marble statue of a half larger than life size.
Another very interesting part of this memorial is the building exhibiting the magnificent
visual arts on the 90-metre arch wall telling the story from the Sukhothai period
to the Rattanakosin period, together with a narrative explanation. Outside the building
lies gigantic decommissioned military weapons.
It is open on Monday to Friday from 9.00 – 12.00 a.m. and 1.00 – 3.00 p.m. without
any entrance fee. A guide can be requested on appointment in advance for a group
visit at Tel. 0 2532 1020-1 0 2532 1020-1