Siriraj Hospital
Siriraj Hospital is the oldest hospital in Thailand, located in Bangkok on the west bank of Chao Phraya River, opposite Thammasat University's Tha Phrachan campus. It is the primary teaching hospital of the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University. The hospital was founded by King Chulalongkorn in 1888, two years after a worldwide cholera outbreak. It is named after the king's 18-month old son, Prince Siriraj Kakuttaphan, who had died from dysentery a year before the opening of the hospital. The medical school was established two years later in 1890. With the capacity of more than 3,000 beds and more than one million outpatient visits per year, Siriraj is one of the largest, most-congested medical centers in Thailand. The medical school accepts about 250 medical students and more than 100 for postgraduate residency training each year. Siriraj has also been the residence of the King of Thailand, HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej since the 82 year old monarch was admitted in September 2009, for treatment of a respiratory condition. Nowaday, Siriraj is the biggest public hospital in Thailand. From the excellence medical practices, its tertiary care unit is the referral center for all hospitals in Thailand. The Siriraj Medical Museum, which includes a museum on forensic medicine, is located on the site of Siriraj Hospital.