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Creating a renaissance

The ailing National Gallery will be revived to its former glory under a new master plan

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Throughout an hour spent in the Traditional Thai Art room of the National Gallery, we saw only a few Western tourists walking in and around the stunning red Western-style room to admire several of Thailand’s masterpieces. Within 10 or 15 minutes, those visitors left, then it was very quiet at the “Louvre of Thailand”, the Kingdom’s only state-run museum of art with the largest collection of traditional and contemporary artworks. 

The National Gallery's Traditional Thai Art room.

National Gallery director Ajara Kangsarikijja said: “Each day, around 100 people visit our National Gallery, or 3,000 per month. That is a very small number, but we hope to welcome more visitors. It is our duty as the national art gallery to promote art.’’

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