Important industrial heritage and historic sites on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River
“…all ancient relics, artifacts, and historic sites are valuable and essential for historical research. Art and historic sites represent Thailand’s long lasting prosperity and ought to be continually conserved as our national treasures for eternity…”
The above statement is part of the royal speech graciously given by King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) during his opening ceremony of the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province, on December 26th, 1961 (B.E. 2504).
The 40 Rai (about 16 acres) of land on the bank of the Chao Phraya River, where the Royal Thai Naval dockyard is currently located, is an important historic site on the Thonburi side. With its historical values, land, buildings, and one of the older dockyards in the country, the Fine Arts Department has registered all the buildings in the Royal Thai Naval Dockyard as historical remains, and designated Wat Wongsamoon Wihaan’s chapel and Plong Liam as two historical sites in 2002 (B.E.2545).
If you have time to spare, in addition to visiting the Royal Thai Dockyard Museum Commemorating King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX)’s 84th birthday Anniversary, the curator will gladly take you to see important historic sites in the Royal Thai Naval Dockyard as well.