If you find the underwater world fascinating, be sure to check out the latest exhibit at Siam Ocean World in Bangkok. “Saving Our Underwater Cultural Heritage” opened on 16 August 2010. The aquarium is located on two floors (B1-B2) in the basement level of of Siam Paragon shopping center.
Large-format photographs give an impressive look at underwater history from all parts of the world but in particular Thailand. Recovered artifacts are on display as is a full-scale replica of a Thai shipwreck. Like much of the rest of the aquarium, this exhibit features some interactive experiences which are especially (but not exclusively) enjoyable for kids.
This is the first time UNESCO has done something like this in Asia regarding underwater cultural heritage. The hope of UNESCO is these educational efforts will instill in the public a sense of value toward the marine environment but especially the importance of marine archaeology. The illegal trade of artifacts is a big problem and robs future generations of a bit of world heritage.
Run, come see: this exhibit ends October 31! In November it will become a traveling exhibit, making a tour of Thailand until it finds its final home in the National Maritime Museum in Chanthaburi.