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Trick of the Dark

An exhibition in Chamchuri Square is helping people understand the reality of blindness

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  • Writer: Carleton Cole
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The hyperreal experience of gingerly navigating the pitch-black rooms of Dialogue in the Dark is a little like entering the Twilight Zone. We have gone beyond sight, and instead rely on the sounds, textures, contours and the rare smell, all the while mastering how to wield a cane. Here in the dark it counts for nothing whether your eyes are open or closed — bumps make you wonder if you have turned the corner into a wide open space, the sound of running water tricks your imagination into believing a river runs at the bottom of a cliff below. 

an experience beyond sight: A group of visitors to the National Science Museum’s Chamchuri Square branch prepare to begin their one-hour tour of Dialogue in the Dark, designed to help them understand blindness.

We have entered the world of the blind, and they are our guides to this unusual exhibition in the National Science Museum branch on the fourth floor of Chamchuri Square in Bangkok. One-hour tours designed to offer an insight into how blind people live are offered in both English and Thai, and the experience has proven so popular since opening in 2010 that its scheduled closure has been pushed back twice, now to 2016.

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