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Patpong Museum, Bangkok

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The Patpong Museum is a small private museum dedicated to the history of Bangkok's Patpong red-light district.

In 2019, the Patpong Museum opened in Patpong Soi 2, Bangkok, Thailand. Its collection includes interactive exhibitions, artifacts, and recreated spaces covering Patpong's history from its 1946 purchase by the Patpongpanich family and subsequent development. The presence of the CIA in Patpong through its secret airlines such as "Civil Air Transport" and "Air America" is highlighted and brings the cold war, the Vietnam war and the secret war in Laos into the context of Patpong.
The second part of the exhibition is dedicated to Patpongs further development into one of the world's most famous entertainment areas and eventually red light districts. Superstars like David Bowie, Robert De Niro, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Christopher Walken visit and film in Patpong marking its presence in popular culture.
The privately owned museum is located on the 2nd floor of building 5, below Black Pagoda, and is open daily. In 2020, the Patpong Museum expanded to the fine arts gallery Candle Light Studio, also located on Patpong Soi 2, featuring rotating Thai and international artists. The first exhibition, of the photography of Mauro D'Agati, opened on February 2, 2020. On February 29, 2020, Tawan Wattuya's Paradise Go Go exhibition opened at the gallery, drawing more than 100 visitors on opening night.
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  • This is a nice (albeit tiny) museum with some interesting exhibits covering the history of of Bangkok's original Red Light district, ping pong shows, ladyboys and the current bar scene. That said... 
    This is a nice (albeit tiny) museum with some interesting exhibits covering the history of of Bangkok's original Red Light district, ping pong shows, ladyboys and the current bar scene. That said...  more »
  • ...when I came here. My laptop is down (and out) so it's been taking me some time to get to a few reviews I've been meaning to write. This place was one of those - actually, especially one of those... 
    ...when I came here. My laptop is down (and out) so it's been taking me some time to get to a few reviews I've been meaning to write. This place was one of those - actually, especially one of those...  more »
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  • Really enjoyed this museum - you can tell it's a passion project. A lot of research was put into it and the tour guide Randy did a fantastic job telling the history of the Patpong area, once being the commercial business district (and CIA) before it became the entertainment district. They keep working on adding more information, making it interactive and engaging - a must visit for both tourists and locals.
  • 350 per person( free 50 baht coupon can buy the drinks inside the museum). The tour is about 1 hour and after the tour you can look around by yourself. The tour only have English or Thai. The museum is not just about the night life of Patpong. It’s also the history and the story in the area. Very interesting.

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