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How to export Buddhas out of Thailand

Information on Thailand's Export and Dispatch Procedure for Antiques and Objects of Art

Better know as how to export Buddha images out of Thailand.

Antique : according to Ancient Monuments, Antiques, Objects of Art and National Museums Act, B.E.2504 (1961), amended in B.E.2535(1992) is defined as “an archaic movable property, whether produced by man or by nature, or being any part of ancient monument or of human skeleton or animal carcass which, by its age or characteristics of production or historical evidence, is useful in the field of art, history or archeology.” Object of art is defined as “a thing skillfully produced by craftsmanship which is high valuable in the field of art.”

 Application for a license to export or dispatch Buddha images, Antiques and objects of art

 Antiques and objects of art permitted to export or dispatch from Thailand are replicated or reproduced antiques (those with no more than 5 years old do not need to get a license), and Buddha and religious images reproduced to export or dispatch, whether as a whole or parts of them, for the purpose of education and cultural exchange.

 Antiques and objects of art forbidden to export or dispatch from Thailand are Buddha and religious images, or parts of them, with unfinished or ruined conditions, provided that final judgment is under the Fine Arts Department's scrutinizing committee. "So that means if it is  a head or part of a Buddha statue or any mordern artists impression of a Buddha,  it is a Buddha decorative item. Therefore may not be shipped out of Thailand as  it is illegal to export out out of Thailand no matter the age, as it not a religous item, but "objets of art" of the Buddha."


 For individual applications:

  1. A photocopy of the applicant's identity card, or a photocopy of the applicant's passport (for foreigners.)

  2. A Photocopy of the applicant's house registration.

  3. Two copies of full and front view photograph of the item(s) with white background. The photo size is either 3x5 or 5x6 inches. (The plastic or clothe wrap should be removed before photographing.)

  4. Application form, entitled Sor Kor 6 (ศก.๖), for requesting a license to export or dispatch antiques and objects of art from Thailand, attached with the list of such item(s)

  5. A proof or certificate to verify ownership of the item(s) e.g. a legal receipt of payment, a donation receipt, a certified letter from the head monk of the temple where the Buddha image was acquired

  6. All documents must be certified copies with the certifier's signature

 Places to submit an application.

      • Office of National Museum, Bangkok- Tel. 0 2281 5033

        Chiang Mai National Museum, Chiang Mai - Tel. 0 5322 1308

        Chiang Saen National Museum, Chiang Rai -Tel. 0 5377 7102

        Chonburi National Library, Chonburi - Tel. 0 3828 6339

        Songkhla National Museum, Songkhla - Tel. 0 7431 1728

        Thalang National Museum, Phuket - Tel. 0 7631 1426

        Ubon Ratchathani National Museum, Ubon Ratchathani - Tel. 0 5525 5071

        Ban Chiang National Museum, Udonthani - Tel. 0 4420 8340

 Rates of fees:

For a license to export or dispatch antiques and objects of art from Thailand

      • Antiques or objects of art which

        The Fine Arts Department deems as dated from Ayutthaya and earlier periods, not exceeding 2,000 Baht each.

      • Antiques or objects of art which

        The Fine Arts Department deems as dated in the period later than Ayutthaya period, not exceeding 1,000 Baht each.


Application for a duplication permit

A duplicate antique or object of art can not have the same size as the original object; its size should be at least 25% bigger or smaller than the original one. Buddha or religious image replica must be stamped “replicate” and duplicate antiques and objects of art must be stamped “duplicate” on an obvious spot.

A duplication of restricted antiques and objects of art requires a permit application stating complete details (e.g. objectives of duplication, place of reproduction) along with relevant evidence, including the reproduction model or prototype. Application can be submitted at the office of national museums, Bangkok or any national museum in the country.



The Fine Arts Department

The Promotion and Public Relations Group,

Office of the Secretariat

Na Phra That Road, Phra Nakorn, Bangkok 10200

Tel: 02 224 4702, 02 224 2050 Fax:02 222 0934

Call Center 1765 Ministry of Culture

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