The Bangkok Soil Museum: Worth Visiting?
Bangkok has got a lot of great museums; the National Museum, the Art and Culture Center, the Museum of Siam, and more. Many of the city’s museums are world-class, and are worth visiting. What about Bangkok’s smaller museums, though? While exploring the city the other day, I came across the Bangkok Soil Museum and decided to pay it a visit.
When I walked into the office of the Land Development Department, I was stopped by a very confused guard who thought I was lost. I get the impression that not too many tourists visit the Soil Museum. After I told him that I wanted to visit the museum, he got a big smile on his face, gave me a visitor’s badge, and pointed me in the right direction.
The museum was locked up, so they had to get someone to come unlock it and put on the lights for me. I was the only visitor at the time (probably the only visitor of the day). The woman who opened the museum up for me gave me a brochure in English. I was glad that I had this, because all of the exhibits themselves were in Thai.
The museum wasn’t as boring as its name may lead you to believe.
Exhibits displayed information about the different types of soil throughout Thailand, and some of the ecological problems facing the country. One display in particular was about a royal project that involves planting a certain type of grass with very long roots in order to combat erosion that can occur in Thailand during the rainy season floods.
The museum is definitely worth visiting, especially if you have half an hour or so to spend and you are already in that part of town. It might not be worth taking a trip just to visit, however. If you are heading towards Kasetsart University, or are riding along the new BTS green line extension, it’s worth a stop, especially because it is free to visit.
The Bangkok Soil Museum
The Bangkok Soil Museum is located at the Land Development Office at 2003, 61 Phahonyothin Rd, Khwaeng Lat Yao, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900. The Green Line Extension of the BTS will have a stop outside of the office, but it is not yet open (the BTS extension is expected to be up and running by 2020).
The museum is FREE to visit, but you might have to find someone to open it up and put on the lights for you!