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Parusakawan Palace Police Museum

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Parusakawan Palace Police Museum

Parusakawan Palace is located close to Dusit Palace on Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue and houses the first police museum of Thailand. It features two European-style royal mansions commissioned by King Rama V for two of his sons. Chitralada Villa on the north side was where Crown Prince Maha Vajiravudh stayed before becoming King Rama VI. At the same time, Parusakawan Villa was home to Prince Chakrabongse Bhuvanadh, son no. 40 of King Rama V. Later in the reign of King Rama VI, both villas were joined into one palace called Parusakawan. Behind the palace in a new and modern building  you can find the Police Museum itself.

 

Parusakawan Palace Police Museum
Parusakawan Palace Police Museum

 

 

The Police Museum is divided into different zones and display an exhibition of the history of the Royal Thai Police since the 16th century. The exhibition shows the development of police work and uniforms since the Ayutthaya period, as well as the progress of the Thai police force to the form that it presents itself in now. Another section tells of the work and responsibilities of each major police unit, such as the metropolitan police, traffic police and police commandos. Parts of the Museum are interactive and invite visitors to discover items by themselves.

 

Parusakawan Palace Police Museum
Parusakawan Palace Police Museum

 

 

Take your time and walk around and discover about the history and duties of Thai police officers, pose for pictures with life-size models of police officers in action and prove your acting skills by filing a police report. Send somebody behind bars for an entertaining photo opportunity! Another section is the display of various weapons, gambling gear and illegal objects seized from suspects.

 

 

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