Siriraj Hospital Medical Museum in Bangkok may not be quite your cup of tea and certainly not if you are the squeamish type. For it houses some fairly gruesome objects. However, should you decide to go, the attractions here are unquestionably educational and if nothing else, it's definitely for you should your curiosity get the better of you. Simply ask yourself - what have I got to lose.
Altogether you have ten medical museums to choose so you can take your pick from the Congdon Museum of Anatomy where you'll get to see some still-born Siamese twins. Such twins are so named because famous brothers Chang and Eng who toured parts of the world during the mid 19th century, were from Siam as Thailand was then known.
The Pathological Museum focuses on disease and contamination such as what things like lungs will possibly look like after years of heavy smoking.
The Prehistoric Museum gives you an extraordinary overview of evolutionary studies. And since you are here, there's also the museum of History which deals in Thai medicine.
The Parasitology Museum focuses mainly on its fixation with the likes of limbless invertebrate such as tapeworms.
However the most popular and probably best known is the museum of Forensic Medicine. It houses some shocking substances such as the preserved figure of Si-oui, a man who suffocated and ate seven children.
Even today some Thai parents often threaten naughty children with the ghost of Si-oui. How bad is that! Other grisly objects on display include preserved organs, skulls and horrific images of crime scenes.
The things you might want to look out for here are the dissected corpses which showcase the nervous and cardiovascular systems. And don't miss the severed leg complete with tattoo standing in some kind of chemical solution. It's not for the faint-hearted.
To get there take the Chao Phraya River Boat to Wang Lang Pier. Once there exit and then navigate your way to the Siriraj Hospital Medical Museum, which you'll find situated alongside the Chao Phraya River.
The museum itself is located on the 2nd floor of the Adulyadejuikrom Building. If using road transport - the physical address of the hospital cum museum is 2 Prannok Road Bangkoknoi Bangkok. Operating hours are from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm from Monday through to Saturday. The museum is not open on Sunday. The cost per adult is around 50 THB.
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