Many Thais are fond of viewing macabre films like bloody horror movies, or gruesome videos showing car crashes. In Bangkok, there’s the Siriraj Medical Museum, also known as the Museum of Death, which probably caters well to people with such proclivities. Featured items inside the 6 separate buildings that constitute the Museum include fetuses preserved in jars of formaldehyde, corpses of crime victims and children with severe deformities, and a good deal of deformed skeletons and skulls in many shapes and sizes. The Museum also includes equipment that was used to murder people, as well as photos of people who actually were victims of accidents. In this regard, photos of victims of the Tsunami in 2004 are also on display.

As grisly and horrifying as some of these display items might appear to some people, the Siriraj Medical Museum represents reality in a way that Thais probably appreciate. Perhaps that is due to the Buddhist tradition of acceptance.

The Siriraj Medical Museum

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