Bangkok is full of wonderful attractions, but we’ve found a few that might surprise you – and not always in a good way.
Here’s our brief take on weird Bangkok.
This is actually a group of small and rather grisly museums at Siriraj Hospital, full of stomach churning displays.
Siriraj’s bizarre collections include bones, preserved organs, fetuses, the mummified corpse of a notorious serial killer, a traditional Thai medicine shop, parasitic worms, a gigantic scrotum removed from a man with elephantiasis, sections of human skin with tattoos, poisonous snakes and tarantulas, rows of skulls, the standing wax-filled remains of a cannibal, a delicately dissected nervous system, and the skeleton of the museum’s founder.
One of the most famous exhibits is the mummified body of Uey Sae-Ung, a Chinese born serial killer who in the 1950s murdered a number of children and ate their body parts.
He was executed by firing squad and the bullet holes are still visible on his wax coated body.
Medical Museum, 2 Wanglang Road, Bangkok Noi district (almost directly opposite the Grand Palace). Open Monday-Saturday 9am-4pm.
There is a riverboat pier right in front of the hospital so you can get there by cross river ferry or the Chao Phraya Express Boat service.
Hidden away in the heart of weird Bangkok is this unusual shrine filled with stone and wooden phalluses (penises) of all shapes and sizes.
It’s believed that a visit to the shrine can make a woman more fertile as the shrine is dedicated to the female fertility spirit Chao Mae Tubtim.
Located close to Klong Saen Saeb, in the grounds of the Nai Lert Park Heritage Home, 4 Soi Somkid,
Ploenchit Road, Bangkok. Open Thursdays and Fridays.
A scary look at Thai prisons and prisoners through history. You wouldn’t want to spend time behind these bars.
Formerly Klong Prem Prison, the museum is all that is left of one wing. The remainder was knocked down and converted into a public park on 1999.
There are three main exhibit areas covering the life and treatment of inmates. Some very graphic displays of torture and execution are not for the fainthearted.
Open 9am-4pm Monday to Friday. Closed at weekends and public holidays.
Human Body Museum
This surprisingly not really creepy museum is actually a teaching tool used at the Chulalongkorn University Medical School.
The exhibition is made up of 14 dissected bodies from Japan, showing body interiors and dissections.
Displayed in modern, antiseptic style its pretty fascinating once you get into it, and not as macabre as you might think.
9th floor, Faculty of Dentistry, Chulalongkorn University, Henri Dunan Road, Bangkok.
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