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Discover The Delights Of The Neilson Hays Library

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Libraries are considered major repositories of knowledge and history. The Neilson Hays Library is one such repository with an impressive collection of books that feature titles in non-fiction, fiction, and children’s genres. It is the oldest privately funded library in Thailand, with a stock of over 20,000 books. It is believed to host one of the largest collections of English language titles in Bangkok.

Following the founding of the Bangkok Ladies’ Library Association in 1869, Dr Thomas Hays decided to honour the memory of his late wife Jennie Neilson who served as a three-time Library President. The neo-classical building first opened its doors in 1922, having been designed by Italian architect, Mario Tamagno. He is famous for notable contributions to Thai architecture including the Oriental Hotel, Phitsanulok Mansion, and Hua Lamphong Railway Station.

Despite suffering some damage to its structure during the Japanese invasion of Thailand in 1941, much has been done to repair and restore various details of the library, including the teak fixtures, stucco decorative motifs, and wood cladding. It is also home to the Rotunda Gallery, Garden Gallery and Café. The library is a key cultural centre for the city, also hosting various exhibitions and seminars. The Association of Siamese Architects has awarded the library the status of ‘Historic Landmark’, making it an important cultural destination within the city.

Less than a 15-minutes drive from the S15 Hotel, the library offers an excellent opportunity to delve into Bangkok’s rich history. S15 Sukhumvit Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel that offers easy access to most of the city’s attractions thanks to its convenient location with many transport links on its doorstep. It also offers its own range of excellent amenities including luxury accommodation, spa services, and fine dining options that ensure a comfy and indulgent vacation in the city. When next checking in for a weekend stay, consider a trip to the nearby Neilson Hays Library as part of the cultural experience. 

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