Price: Adults: 400 baht. Children: 200 baht
If you love quirky art and unique experiences or you want some great photos to wow friends and family back home, try a visit to Art in Paradise Bangkok. Kids will especially love the chance to be featured in crazy photographs depicting them in places that they’d normally fear to tread.
Following on from its massive success in Pattaya, the cult 3D art gallery opened a branch in Bangkok city in 2012. Here, over 150 three-dimensional hand-painted artworks by 15 artists will transport you to new worlds where you can take photographs that make it look like you’re crossing a chasm, riding a wave, or interacting with famous works of art in real life.
The works incorporate the walls, floors and ceilings to give depth so you can be in, under, over, or even behind the art! Some of the works incorporate digital technology, like Van Gogh nodding off to sleep and Mona Lisa saying goodbye.
Art in Paradise Bangkok has six different permanent exhibition zones, each featuring different themes and concepts, from different countries to different periods of art. Some of themes are underwater world, a dino safari world, and ancient Egypt. Modern and old artworks all feature in this eclectic and exciting gallery. The museum is spread over 5,800 squeaky clean square metres over two floors in the Esplanade Ratchada.
Art in Paradise Bangkok is fast becoming popular as breaking new ground in art in a way not seen before in Thailand. Also referred to by locals as the ‘Trickeye’ museum, it’s great fun for families, couples, and kids.
To help visitors, markers with arrows have been placed on the floor to indicate the best angle to achieve the three-dimensional effect. If you look closely you’ll find photos taken by previous visitors that’ll help you understand what pose works best in each scene.
Getting around to everything in Art in Paradise (and finding the right pose) takes two to three hours depending on how busy it is and how long you spend with each artwork. It’s in no particular order and you can go back and forth as you please, especially when people are spending time in the scene you want, or it’s busy. If you’ve been to any of the other ‘Trickeye’ museums in the region then you’ll not be disappointed. You’ll find plenty of different artworks at Art in Paradise Bangkok.
Art in Paradise Bangkok is located on the fourth floor of Esplanade Ratchada, one of Bangkok’s most modern shopping malls. It’s air-conditioned inside which makes it a great retreat when it’s super-hot or raining outside.
Things to remember about Art in Paradise Bangkok
- Ask your guide for the best price admission tickets.
- All footwear is to be removed and left at the counter before entering.
- You will need to download an app to get the best experience.
- Tripods are allowed in the gallery, so everyone can be part of the fun.
- Make sure your camera and/or phone battery is fully charged. You’ll be using it a lot.
- Take plenty of photos.
- Wear long pants as some photos require poses that are unflattering if you are wearing a dress.
- Ask your guide for the best times to go to Art in Paradise as it may be too busy to get the photo you want sometimes.
Art in Paradise Bangkok is open daily from 10am – 10pm.
There are plenty of temples with fantastic art nearby too like:
- Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)
- The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Keaw ‘Temple of the Emerald Buddha’
- Golden Mount and Wat Saket
Wondering where to go for something to eat before or after your visit? Art in Paradise Bangkok is located inside Esplanade Ratchada which has a large selection of food outlets. If you’d prefer a more authentic market experience ask your guide about visiting Train Night Market Ratchada, Khao San Road, or Chatuchak Weekend Markets (weekends only) nearby.