Great and Good Friends

Historic Gifts between the Kingdom of Thailand and the United States of America 1818 - 2018

Celebrating A 200 Year Friendship

Our story begins two centuries ago when an American sea captain entered the port of Bangkok and initiated a historic friendship between two nations. In commemoration of 200 years of friendship between the United States and the Kingdom of Thailand, the U.S. Government organized an exhibition at the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles from March 21 to June 30, 2018, displaying the official gifts exchanged between the two nations under the title “Great and Good Friends.”

"The exhibit is a celebration of the events and ideas that bind our two nations—our shared values as much as our shared achievements."

- Glyn T. Davies, U.S. Ambassador to Thailand

The key moments of a 200 year relationship

Behind the Scenes: The Making of the Exhibition

A closer look at the preparation of the ceremonial gold robe photography

Walk through the exhibit at Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles and zoom in to incredible artifacts

A journey through the gifts exchanged in 200 years of U.S. - Thai Friendship

Garments, Textiles and Accessories

From ceremonial gold robes to vine woven purses

Religious Items

Explore the collection of Gold Nielloware

The traditional Thai art form used for Siamese court regalia

A Prestigious Distinction

Presented by King Bhumibol Adulyadej to President Dwight D. Eisenhower


Symbols of power used as court regalia

Ceremonial Letters

Correspondence between the governments of Siam and the United States

Tools and Instruments

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