Monday, September 2, 2013

Highlight: Siriraj Medical Museum

Jim Thompson

For afternoon tea and coffee.


Som Tum Nua

For dinner. I was too full for it again, but the chicken wings were so good.



Supermarket at Siam area: shopping for snacks.

Krispy Kreme!!

BEST. POPCORN. They have so many different flavours, of which my favourite is Sour Cream! It cost about SGD2 each (!!!). So yummy and cheap I could finish it in one seating!! We even went back for more.

Seriously I would have gained A HELL LOT of weight during this trip if not for the distances we walked. Every single day we ate and ate and ate and ate and ate so freakin much, and every single night we would snack in bed and watch tv just before falling asleep feeling so stuffed.


Do you have any idea how much oil they used....

Jelly and yakult ice blended. Looks sick, but surprisingly good.


Hard Rock Cafe

For some drinks:

I love frozen margaritas!!! Perfect for a hot day.



Street food take-away back to our hotel room!

Extremely spicy basil pork haha he gave up after a while. When we saw the lady add in a large scoop of chilli padi we were like :O

On the second last day we visited various museums...




One museum really worth a visit is the Siriraj Medical Museum, which is also known as the Museum of Death. It is located at the Siriraj Hospital, and comprises of 6 different museums.

Museums at Siriraj Hospital:The following four museums could be found at the Adulyadaejvikrom Building on the same floor:
  • Ellis Pathological  Museum (mainly about birth defects in foetuses).
  • Songkran Niyomsane Forensic Medicine Museum (macabre display of cadavers)*.
  • Ouay Ketusingh Museum of History of Thai Medicine (a showcase of traditional Thai medicine).
  • Parasitology Museum (mainly devoted to parasites and their effect on humans).
*Includes a display of the 2004 tsunami aftermath.  
The following two museums are within the Anatomy Building nearby on different floors:
  • Congdon Anatomical Museum (rows of embalmed foetuses, cadavers and bones).
  • Sood Sangvichien Prehistoric Museum and Laboratory (prehistoric artifacts in Thailand).

This was another highlight of my trip, unfortunately no pictures allowed.

The first one we went to was the Congdon Anatomical Museum. Initially I was excited, but when we were approaching the room I started feeling apprehensive. We could smell the embalming fluid used to preserve dead bodies. I felt even worse when Sean pointed out those stainless steel trolleys (?) that were along the corridors.

I am alright with organs, with brains, with bones, with parts of a body beyond the skin, parts that can only be seen after dissecting, but I'm not okay with anything else like a face, a hand, or a body. I am also not comfortable with anything that has to do with dead bodies, like trolleys and caskets.

Right at the door step of the museum, I took a peek, and I hesitated. Because other than body parts, there were so many (so many!!!) foetuses, babies, toddlers, siamese twins - all suspended in fluids, kept in jars and containers, displayed fully along the walls and aisles. Some with their internal organs spilled out, others with stitches. There were 2 adult cadavers (what I was most afraid of) lying next to each other, right at the very end - a male and a female.

I really hesitated a lot, I couldn't make up my mind. I really wanted to see it since we were already there, but I was so scared at the same time. What made is even scarier was we were all by ourselves, there were no other visitors. Sean was very patient with me, he was there holding me when I was just being a loser saying, "I'm scared!!!! Omg I'm scared..." over and over again. -.- How annoying haha. I finally plucked up the courage when a group of girls came. The more the merrier.

It was really an eye-opener. There are also many things at other aforementioned museums like the mummified remains of a serial killer and a rapist, and displays of body parts and skulls from victims of murder. I highly recommend it to anyone who's visiting Bangkok. It definitely beats shopping (face it - you buy cheap stuff on impulse and realise you will not wear 1/2 of them again), which the majority goes there for.

MBK Foodcourt


Room service to end the night:

Garlic bread, cheese sticks, and green curry fried rice.

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