Exhibitions and Special Collections

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PERMANENT EXHIBITIONS

PRIDI BANOMYONG ROOM

Books by and about Pridi Banomyong (1900–1983), the founder of Thammasat University, are featured in this room. University Rector from 1934 to 1952, Pridi served as seventh prime minister of Thailand, although the last half of his life was spent in exile from Kingdom. Among other items on display are works by the Thai painter Thepsiri Suksopha, from the personal collection of Pridi Banomyong.

Location: Pridi Banomyong Library, U1 floor.


CHARNVIT KASETSIRI ROOM

A collection of books about Southeast Asian history donated by Professor Dr. Charnvit Kasetsiri (born 1941). Dr. Charnvit, an eminent scholar of  history and the social sciences, was rector of Thammasat University from 1994 to 1995. In 2012, Dr. Charnvit was awarded the Fukuoka Academic Prize for his contributions to the understanding of history and politics. Dr. Charnvit has also served as head of the Southeast Asian Studies Program at the TU Faculty of Liberal Arts. 

Location: Pridi Banomyong Library, U1 floor.


PUEY'S CORNER FOR SOUTHEAST ASIA AND ASEAN STUDIES

Books in Thai and foreign languages about Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) honor Professor Dr. Puey Ungphakorn (1916 – 1999). An economist who served as governor of the Bank of Thailand from 1959 to 1971, Dr. Puey was also dean of the Thammasat University Faculty of Economics, and rector of the university from 1975 to 1976. In 1965, Dr. Puey was presented with the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service by the Philippine government. Among his noted books is The Quality of Life of a Southeast Asian: a Chronicle of Hope from Womb to Tomb. Dr. Puey was forced into exile after the tragic events of 1976, including the 6 October 1976 Massacre.

Location: Pridi Banomyong Library, U1 floor.


ADUL WICHIENCHAROEN ROOM & EXHIBITION

Professor Dr. Adul Wichiencharoen, a graduate of Thammasat University, (born 1926) served in many roles at Thammasat University, including as director of research, the Institute of Public Administration (1956-1958), Secretary General of the University (1959-1964) and founding dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts (1962-1974). He returned to Thammasat University in 1970 as its vice-rector for academic affairs, and acting rector, 1973-1974. In addition to his close ties to Thammasat, Professor Dr. Adul chaired the Thai National Committee on Land Use. He was also a member of the National Education Council and the National Environment Board and director of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education (SEAMEO) secretariat in Bangkok. Professor Dr. Adul has also published research on Thai society and philosophy, international law, and development planning, among other subjects. This collection of books from his personal library, artworks he created, and other memorabilia creates an impression of Professor Dr. Adul, his love of nature, and other aspects of his personality. 

Location: Pridi Banomyong Library, U2 floor.


REWAT BUDDHINAN EXHIBIT

A generous grant from the Rewat Buddhinan Foundation and GMM Grammy in memory of Rewat 'Ter' Buddhinan (1948 - 1996) made this exhibit possible. Rewat Buddhinan remains a beloved figure in the history of Thai popular music, so it is fitting that his memory be evoked at a center for making musical resources available to students, faculty and visitors to the library. Included are an audiovisual resource room with CDs and DVDs; a viewing and listening area with screens and headsets; and the Rewat Buddhinan Activity Room, an 80-seat theater used for film screenings, lectures, and training sessions.

Location: Pridi Banomyong Library, U2 floor.


SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

RARE BOOK ROOM

These rare materials are for in-library use and photocopying only. They include court Records, the Thai Government Gazette, memorial books, Royal decrees, and maps. Materials which must be used in the Special Collection Room include microfilms, rare books, restricted access items, Dharma books, and funerary books. Study room service is available to students and faculty of Thammasat University, who may reserve a room for group study by confirming booking 30 minutes before use. 

Location: Pridi Banomyong Library, U1 floor.


PAKISTAN CORNER

A collection of books and other materials in English and Urdu about the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Location: Pridi Banomyong Library, U1 floor.


THAILAND RESEARCH FUND CORNER

Books and research materials presented by the Thai Research Fund (TRF), established in response to the 1992 Research Endowment Act. Although part of the governmental system, the TRF remains outside the government’s administrative bureaucracy, which allows for rapid response in research support.

Location: Pridi Banomyong Library, U2 floor.


DIREK JAYANAMA CORNER

Books in Thai and foreign languages about political science donated by Professor Dr. Direk Jayanama (1905 - 1967). He was the first dean of the Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University from 1949 to 1952. A Thai diplomat and politician, Professor Dr. Direk, in association with Pridi Banomyong, promoted the Siamese Revolution of 1932 that changed the Kingdom’s form of government from absolute to constitutional monarchy. He served as Thailand’s Minister of Justice, Finance, Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister.

Location: Professor Direk Jayanama Library, Faculty of Political Science, 5th floor.


SIDDHI SAVETSILA CORNER

Books in Thai and foreign languages about International Relations donated by Siddhi Savetsila (1919 – 2015). He was a Thai air force officer and politician. After finishing his military career with the rank of air chief marshal, he served as the foreign minister of Thailand from 1980 to 1990. Starting in 1991, he was a member of the Privy Council of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej (King Rama IX).

Location: Professor Direk Jayanama Library, Faculty of Political Science, 5th floor.


RUSSIA CORNER, NORANIT SETABUTR

Books in Thai and foreign languages about Russia donated by Professor Noranit Setabutr (born 1941). He was rector of Thammasat University from 1991 to 1998 and president of the Council of University Presidents of Thailand, the political scientist Professor Noranit Setabutr (born 1941), a member of the Thai Council of State, has devoted his career to improving educational standards in Thailand. At TU, Professor Noranit was vice-chairman of the Political Science Foundation and advisor in research and consultancy as well as member of the Parliamentary Friendship Committee and the Education Promotion Foundation. 

Location: Professor Direk Jayanama Library, Faculty of Political Science, 5th floor.


KROM LUANG NARADHIWAS RAJANAGARINDRA EXHIBITION

Her Royal Highness Galyani Vadhana, Princess of Naradhiwas (1923 – 2008) was the elder sister of HM King Ananda Mahidol (Rama VIII) and HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), and granddaughter of HM King Chulalongkorn (Rama V). In 1995, HM King Rama IX gave her the noble title Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra, or Princess of Narathiwat. The Princess was deeply devoted to encouraging traditional Thai arts, education, classical music, and social welfare, among other activities.

Location: Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra Learning Centre, 4th floor.


PUEY UNGPHAKORN EXHIBITION

Professor Dr. Puey Ungphakorn (1916 – 1999) was an economist who served as governor of the Bank of Thailand from 1959 to 1971, dean of the Thammasat University Faculty of Economics, and rector of the university from 1975 to 1976. In 1965, Puey was presented by the Philippine government with the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service. Among his noted books is The Quality of Life of a Southeast Asian: a Chronicle of Hope from Womb to Tomb. Dr. Puey was forced into exile after the tragic events of 1976, including the 6 October 1976 Massacre. 

Location: Puey Ungphakorn Library (Rangsit Campus)


 

Service available at:
Pridi Banomyong Library
Professor Direk Jayanama Library
Puey Ungphakorn Library
Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarinda Learning Centre