Sawasdee torn chao (good morning) all!
Not only is our hostel situated among malls and shopping stores, it’s also close to some of the historical and educational institutions in Thailand.
Going down Phaya Thai Rd., you’ll see a sizable campus of Thailand’s first and most prestigious university, Chulalongkorn, taking both side of the road.
Taking the name of King Rama 5, Chulalongkorn University was founded in 1917 by his son, King Vajiravudh, making it the oldest university in Thai modern educational system.
Thanks to its being an old campus, there are a lot of beautiful historical architectures to see.
Here are some of the interesting spots you don’t want to miss.
The Main Auditorium
If you’re on Phaya Thai Rd. facing Rama 4 Rd, enter the main gate on the left and you’ll see a pond in front of a big yard. Located right at the end of the yard is the statue of King Chulalongkorn and King Vajiravudh. Behind the statue, the main auditorium stands elegantly, showing off its beautiful Khmer-influenced Thai architecture.
Faculty of Arts and the Devalai
The Devalai is the nickname of Mahachulalongkorn building, the university’s first building, situated behind the main auditorium. Its unique architectural style makes it one of the most beautiful buildings in the area. The building is a part of the faculty of arts, which also owns two other buildings on the right.
Faculty of Architecture
Coming back to the building by Phaya Thai Rd., faculty of Architecture is the first building you see on the left. Being the school of architects, the building can’t help but having a more modern cool look.
Faculty of Science
Nestled in the area of faculty of science, a few interesting museums are some of the secret museums, including Chulalongkorn University Museum of Natural History, Museum of Geology, Plant Museum and Museum of Imagery Technology. On a side note for science museum lovers, the new Museum of Human Body is the first in Southeast Asia to use plastinated human bodies technique to keep the body.
Sala Phra Kiao
Not far from the faculty of science, there’s this one unique building. From top view, Sala Phra Kiao was designed to look like Phra Kiao (Thai coronet) which is the symbol of the university. Inside the building, there’s Chula book center which not only sells books but also university souvenirs.
Chamchuri Art Gallery
Located across the road, Chamchuri Art Gallery is one of the university’s on-site galleries, showcasing art pieces of various disciplines.
You can download Chulalongkorn University map here.
Have fun getting around!