Located at the Royal Thai Survey Department on Kalayana Maitri Road near the palace, the museum is called the Therd Phra Kiat Room.
Displaying map-making tools and old maps, it provides a clear picture of the history and development of cartography in Thailand since the reign of King Rama V in the 19th century.
Stepping into this room, visitors will first see a special section showing map-making machines inspected by His Majesty the King during his visit to the department in 1980 and later by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.
With help from officers here, visitors can look at maps through mirror stereoscopes which provide three-dimensional images. Group visitors who make advance reservations may be allowed to try using certain survey tools and see how a map is produced and printed.
On view are plane surveying, chain surveying and compass surveying tools, old-style stationery and passometers (step counting tools). Also there are modern machines, such as mirror stereoscopes, aviagraph stereoplotters, colour separation tools and computers.
Through the map-making equipment and old maps, visitors can learn about the evolution of map production in Thailand.
Therd Phra Kiat Room is open from 9am-3.30pm on weekdays. Admission is free. Individual visitors may walk in while group visitors must make reservations. Contact the Royal Thai Survey Department on 02-223-2837. Visit www.rtsd.mi.th for more.
- Open days
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
09:00 to 15:30
- More info
Therd Phra Kiat Room, Kalayana Maitri Rd., Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200 Thailand
- Phone number
+66 (0) 2-223-2837
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