Bangkok Art Galleries
Attractions in Bangkok
Bangkok has a small but very vibrant contemporary art scene. Since most of the city's small private or commercial galleries promote Thai and regional artists, a day of gallery hopping is a great way of getting a taste of the local scene. Operating in a relatively unresponsive environment, artists and gallery owners in Bangkok have become quite innovative in their attempts to attract domestic crowds.
Like with many things in Bangkok, you'll soon discover that there is no concentrated art arena and that the city's galleries are pretty much scattered all over town, although The Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, opposite MBK shopping complex, is the city's latest effort to create an all-integrated art experience. But still, if you would like to immerse yourself in Bangkok's contemporary art scene, plan ahead and be prepared to do a bit of exploring in the maze of Bangkok streets.
All Galleries in Bangkok
100 Tonson Art Gallery
Named after its street address, 100 Tonson Gallery is a striking space set in a private residence covering a total area of 100 square metres. At the forefront of private art spaces in Bangkok, 100 Tonson Gallery aims to promote the contemporary art scene and exhibits artworks by Thai and international artists including paintings, sculptures and photographs, as well as installations, new media and conceptual-based art.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 19:00 (Thursday - Sunday)
- Location: 100 Soi Tonson, Ploenchit Road
- BTS: Chidlom
- Tel: +66 (0)2 684 1527
- How to get there: From BTS Skytrain Chidlom Station (exit 4), turn right into Soi Tonson and continue about 5 minutes. The gallery will be on your right.
The Art and Cultural Centre is the hub of Bangkok’s burgeoning art scene and offers the widest range of contemporary art, design, music, theatre and film in the city. Located only a few minutes walk National Stadium BTS it hosts a number of changing exhibitions from both Thai and International artists. Entry is free and the centre is open from 10.00 till 21.00 every day except Mondays. Whilst it has not quite reached the calibre of the great art centres in London and New York its potential is evident and it is worth dedicating an hour or so for a visit. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00, Closed Monday
- Location: 939 Rama I Road Wongmai, Patumwan - Opposite MBK shopping mall
- BTS: National Stadium
- Address: Khlong Pho Land, 170/17 Moo 7, Soi 2, Khlong Pho Rd., Sala Thammasop, Thung Kru, Bangkok 10170
Bangkok University Art Gallery (BUG)
Located near the Klong Toei Port, this private university gallery exhibits the works of young, emerging as well as established Thai artists and designers about six to eight times a year. The 153-sqm exhibition space tends to display more experimental multidisciplinary art.
- Opening Hours: 9:30-19:00 (Tuesday - Saturday)
- Location: 2nd - 4th Floor Bangkok University International College (BUIC) Building , Kluaynam Thai Campus, Rama IV Road
- Tel: +66 (0)2 235 3500
- How to get there: Taxi is the best way to get there.
Chulalongkorn Art Centre
Considered the most progressive university gallery, the large open space at Chulalongkorn Art Centre attracts some of Thailand's most cutting-edge artists, as well as thematic group exhibitions by both local and international artists. The centre's approach to art is both experimental and traditional, providing a platform for artists to experiment onto the multi-disciplinary realm as well as exhibit traditional fine art media.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 19:00 (Monday - Friday); Saturday 09:00 - 16:00
- Location: 7th Floor Centre of Academic Resources Building, Chulalongkorn University, Phayathai Road
- MRT: Sam Yan
- BTS: National Stadium, Siam
- Tel: +66 (0)2 218 2965
- How to get there: The centre is located midway between Rama I and Rama IV Roads, and it's quite a long walk from either the BTS or MRT. You may want to hop on a taxi.
Established in 1999 by American H. Ernest Lee, H Gallery specialises in contemporary art and exhibits the works of emerging Thai and Asian artists. Located in the heart of Bangkok, H Gallery is set in a 125-year-old colonial style mansion and exudes a calm and friendly atmosphere. Two separate exhibition spaces are available in the minimalist two-storey gallery displaying paintings, photography and textiles. Exhibitions are held regularly, often monthly.
- Opening Hours: 12.00 - 18:00 (Thursday - Saturday); Sunday - Wednesday by appointment or by chance
- Location: 201 Sathorn Soi 12
- BTS: Surasak
- Tel: +66 (0)1 310 4428
- How to get there: From BTS Skytrain Surasak Station (exit 3), walk about 10 minutes towards Narathiwat Road.
Kathmandu Art Gallery
This period-style shop-house gallery is a contemporary take on Thai art and culture. Featuring six photo exhibits per year, each intends to be thought-provoking and promotes both upcoming and well-established talents. Signed prints by the gallery’s owner, photo-artist Manit Sriwanichpoom, are also available for browsing or purchase, along with books and souvenirs that run along the spiritual theme. Kathmandu is no ordinary gallery but an experience that stirs your soul and emotions more than anything else.
- Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00 (closed Mondays)
- Location: 87 Pan road (near Indian Temple)
- BTS: Surasak
- Tel: +66 (0)2 234 6700
'Lalanta' is translated from the Thai word meaning "beauty in abundance". Located in the heart of Bangkok's most affluent districts, La Lanta Fine Art offers contemporary artworks by internationally acclaimed artists. The gallery also exhibits work by up-and-coming artists.
The gallery works across borders with artists from Argentina, Australia, China, Denmark, Israel, Japan, Myanmar, Thailand, the UK, the US and Vietnam.
Our YOUNG PROGRAMME initiative enables our gallery to identify and embrace new ideas and new art expressions undertaken by promising young artists from the Asian continent. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 19:00 (Tuesday - Saturday), Sunday by appointment
- Location: Sukhumvit 31
- BTS: Phrom Phong
- Tel: +66 (0)2 204 0583 or (0)2 260 5381
- How to get there: From BTS Skytrain Phrom Phong Station (exit 5), walk towards asok and turn right into Soi 31. Continue on for approx. 500 metres until you see the main intersection. Turn left, and the gallery is on your right (about 20 metres from the intersection)..
A must for any lover of art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Bangkok (MOCA) houses the most comprehensive collection of modern painting and sculpture in Thailand inside a striking, purpose built gallery. The five storeys of MOCA contain over 800 pieces of art collected by communications magnate Boonchai Bencharongkul and showcase the development of Thai fine art since the introduction of modern western concepts. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 18:00, Tuesday to Sunday (Closed on Monday)
- Location: MOCA is only reachable by taxi. The five storey building is easy to spot from Vibhavadi Road, but the taxi must go past the museum and make a U-turn on Changwattana Road, travelling back down a small road beside the train tracks.
- BTS: Mo Chit (still requires a 10 minute taxi journey)
- Address: 3 Vibhavadi Rangsit, Chatuchak, Bangkok
- Tel: +66 (0) 2953 1005
- Price Range: 180 baht – Student: 80 baht – children/OAP: Free
MoST Gallery is an art space run by creative communication agency MoST 2414. Located on Charoen Krung Road between Bangkok’s Old City and the Riverside, it is a gallery dedicated to contemporary art and design. The three-storey, converted shophouse has rolling exhibitions from artists hailing from every corner of the earth, and sells everything from photography to homeware, books to kitchenware. Viewings are usually by appointment only
- Opening Hours: By appointment
- Location: 672/63 Charoen Krung Road (soi 26-28), Bangkrak, Bangkok
- Tel: +66 (0)2 639 6582
Housed in a former Royal Mint built during the reign of King Rama V, the National Gallery displays work by Thai artists from the 17th Century onwards. Inherited by the Department of Fine Arts in 1974, it includes permanent exhibitions of works by King Rama VI and H.M. King Bhumibhol Adulyadej, traditional murals from early periods in the capital's history, and pioneering Thai modern art.
Particularly evident is the influence of Western schools of art, like impressionism and cubism, on recent Thai artists. There is also an area featuring temporary exhibitions of art from home and abroad, everything from painting and sculptures to prints and installations. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 16:00 (Wednesday - Sunday)
- Location: 4 Chao-Fa Road, opposite the National Theatre, Rattanakosin
- Tel: +66 (0)2 282 2639
- How to get there: How to get there: Taxi is the best way, although you can take the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Phra Athit Pier (N13), then walk back towards Phra Pin Klao Bridge, turn left at Chao Fah Road and continue walking for about 15 minutes and the museum should be on your left.
The Queen's Gallery opened in 2003 in response to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit's initiative to create a permanent public space to exhibit and promote the works of both established and up-and-coming Thai artists. Set in a five-storey building, the gallery covers 3,700 square metres of minimalist space to showcase permanent as well as changing exhibitions.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 19:00; closed on Wednesdays
- Location: 101 Ratchadamnoen Klang Road (near Phan Fah Bridge)
- Tel: +66 (0)2 281 5360-1
- How to get there: Taxi is the best way to get there.
Located at the historic, neo-classical style Neilson Hays Library, the Rotunda Gallery is housed inside a compact, circular, domed room that used to be the entrance into the library. The gallery has become a popular exhibition space for Thai and international artists. Monthly exhibitions showcase a wide range of artistic styles and forms, including photography, textiles, ceramics and paintings. Designed by Italian architect Mario Tamagno, the library and its splendid interiors alone are worth visiting.
- Opening Hours: 09:30 - 16:00 (Tuesday - Sunday)
- Location: Neilson Hays Library, 195 Suriwongse Road
- MRT: Silom
- BTS: Saladaeng
- Tel: +66 (0)2 233 1731
- How to get there: From either the BTS or MRT, the gallery is about 20 minutes walk down Surawong Road.
Tadu Contemporary Art Gallery
Ta means eyes and du means to look in Thai, so Tadu Gallery is a place where you get pleasure from what you see. Established by a group of Thai artists and collectors, the gallery exhibits and promotes Thai contemporary art and culture. The gallery also presents performances, films and workshops. Tadu holds six multi-disciplinary art exhibitions annually.
- Opening Hours: 9:00 - 18:00 (Monday - Saturday)
- Location: 7th Floor Barcelona Motors Bldg., 99/2 Tiamruammit Road
- BTS: On Nut
- Tel: +66 (0)2 645 2473
- How to get there: The closest MRT station is Phra Ram 9. From here, it's best to take a taxi.
Founded in 2001, this gallery specialises in Chinese contemporary art. On 330 square metres, Tang Gallery exhibits all types of art including portraits, landscapes and abstracts, oil, acrylic, watercolour, painted photography, woodcuts, sculptures, and prints. Monthly exhibitions feature both successful Chinese and Thai artists.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 19:00 (Monday - Saturday)
- Location: Unit B-28, The Silom Galleria
- BTS: Surasak
- Tel: +66 (0)2 630 1114
- How to get there: From BTS Surasak Station (exit 1), turn right into Surasak Road and continue walking until you hit Silom, then turn right, walk pass The Holiday Inn Silom, and the building will be on your right.
This contemporary art gallery primarily promotes art from Thailand, Vietnam and Burma, hence the name Thavibu, but also presents works from other Asian countries. The emphasis is on young and upcoming artists whose works express and communicate the imaginative aspects of their culture and reflect concerns that range broadly from the spiritual and aesthetic to the social and political. The venue regularly organises exhibitions.
- Opening Hours: Mondays - Saturdays (11:00 hrs. - 19:00 hrs.)
- Location: Suite #308, 3rd Floor, The Silom Galleria (Jewelry Trade Center Building)
- BTS: Surasak
- Tel: +66 (0)2 266 545-4
- How to get there: From BTS Surasak Station, take exit 1 and turn right into Surasak Road. Continue walking until you hit Silom, then turn right, walk pass The Holiday Inn Silom, and the building will be on your right.
Toot Yung Gallery
A French man’s vision, this uplifting gallery-slash-meeting space promotes the works of aspiring local artists as well as introducing foreign artists and designers to the Bangkok art scene. Working with partner spaces both here and abroad, Toot Yung Gallery showcases contemporary art across all media platforms, whether objects, performing art, live music, or mixed media. It intends to create a multicultural space where artists, writers and musicians meet, and is accessible and open to anyone with artistic talent.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 20:00
- Location: 19 Prachathipatai Road (near Wat Tri Tossathep and Wisut Kasat Road)
- Tel: +66 (0)84 914 5499
YenakArt Villa Bangkok is one of the trendiest art spaces in the city. Residing in a beautifully maintained, modernist house in the swanky backstreets of Sathorn, the white washed walls and brushed concrete floors provide a suitably blank canvas on which to display an ever revolving collection of painting and sculpture. Exhibitions usually run for a month. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 14:00-19:00 (by appointment only unless otherwise stated)
- Location: 69 Soi Prasat Suk, Yen Akat Road, Sathorn (look for the signs off Yen Akart Road Soi 2)
- Tel: +66 (0)81 668 6964
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/yenakartvilla