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Jim Thompson House is a beautiful garden-enclosed compound that consists of several traditional Thai teakwood homes transported from different parts of the country. It was originally owned by Jim Thompson, the “Thai Silk King” who founded the Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company. The American-born entrepreneur grew an impressive collection of local artworks, artefacts, and decor—all of which are displayed in the structures.
Museum · Cultural · Educational · Local Experience · Long-standing Classics · Ultimate Tourist · Take a Taxi · Casual · Local Treasure · Conveniently Located · Famous · Reasonably Priced
6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road, Bangkok, Thailand
6 ถนน พระรามที่ ๑ แขวง วังใหม่ เขต ปทุมวัน กรุงเทพมหานคร
2 months ago
"Little Patricia tells a story, Jim Thompson's gallery, Reveals Thai Silk Industry. Where to be, where could she be? She said -- I wanna go to Jim Thompson Museum, Hopefully, I mu-see you-m soon." One of the most interesting ventures I came accross as a history nazzi was the time I learned about the Silk Road. It embodies human history and the rise of cultural trade. It was the beginning of economic transformation between different civilizations. But more than that, silk road narrates not just triumph, but the fiascos and decline of some civilizations and cultures that is weaved within the history. Hence, reminiscing this leads me to my wanderlust to explore Jim Thompson's House and Museum. Thailand is a home for silk industry. Not many may have known, but Thailand boasts a culture that is intricate with the use of Thai silk in weaving. History speaks that there is an endless cultural contact in Thailand because they produce quality silk -- that even Chinese silk became better because of their influence through the Thai Silk Road. From the past centuries, the image of Thailand represents silk textiles that unfolds the identity of their ethnic communities and meticulous cultural art. However, the past also leaves a residue of its sorrows as a home for silk industry. In the 1950's Thailand experienced a cultural decline from their Thai Silk Industry. The country was at the edge of losing their roots. But, because of Jim Thompson, who found his ways to innovate, Thai Silk Industry rose again. From hand weavings, Thompson helped in upgrading looms and machines. If not because of him, the valuable culture of the Thai ethnic communities and the rest of the country might have just died. And if there's one hidden treasure to unfold, that is to have a first-hand experience of how Thompson combined history and contemporary designs which extends to Thailand's success. Thus, visiting Jim Thompson's House and Museum is like digging a treasure untold while getting to know Jim Thompson well as the "Thai Silk King". Getting there would also meam a free-ride to Thailand's roller coaster of Silk Industry - from its fiascos to triumphs. All the more, tourists can enjoy the architectural design of each houses built with in the range of the museum. That's why, Jim Thompson House and Museum, mu-SEE YOU-m soon!
3 months ago
I need to put this on the Bangkok list. I read it a well worth a visit to see such a vast ancient collection of extraordinary pieces of art, historical Buddhist statues and traditional paintings of cloth, wood, paper, and porcelain from China from the 16th and 17th centuries.
3 months ago
Another piece of history that is worth visiting. This museum is a tribute to Jim Thompson, who came to Thailand and started a textile business to promote Thai silk.
3 months ago
Instagramable place in bangkok with beautiful design and ambiance
3 months ago
Jim Thompson was an American businessman and former spy that helped revive the forlorn Thai silk industry on the heels of World War II. Right after his mysterious disappearance, his house was repurposed as a museum to showcase Thompson's vast collection of paintings, ceramics, and woven masterpieces. Get a deeper appreciation for the beauty Southeast Asia has to offer through the sprawling artworks across the compound.
3 months ago
reliving the past at jim thompson house. I’ve really been captivated by his story and the mystery surrounding his disappearance
3 months ago
In Thailand, nobody doesn't know Jim Thompson. He was an architect from the United States who was the most famous foreigner in Thailand. He became popular because of his success in reviving the Thai Silk in the 1950-1960s. We can tour around the house to enjoy Thompson’s collection of Asian antiques and Thai silk.
4 months ago
“The Jim Thompson’s House” This is the museum of Thailand. According to my source, Jim Thompson was a late former businessmen who spent his 30 years to rebuild the Thai Silk in 1950s. I love going in a museum to know how Thailand was, years ago. 👍🏻 and how it became like this ❤️
a year ago
There aren’t many traditional teak houses left in Bangkok. Enjoy the preserved architecture of Thailand’s favorite expat and savior of the Thai silk industry, Jim Thompson.
9 days ago
This is an excellent museum for a wet day in Nelson. Good exhibits, well presented and put into context. OK not as good as the Abel Tasman National Park which we would have visited if it had not been raining but fair enough it was not competing!
11 days ago
If you don’t mind climbing a gazillion steps* to reach it, the National Palace Museum puts the National Taiwan Museum to shame with the sheer vastness of its collection, among which are items drawing flocks of tourists every day. But fear not, the premises themselves are huge, and even when visiting on days where the visitor counter reached over 3000, the 25 exhibit rooms did not feel crowded at all. Highlights of the permanent exhibition: 🔸 Meat-shaped stone. Just as the name suggests, this is a banded jasper mineral that enticingly resembles a juicy slab of freshly braised pork belly. The contrast between the hardness of the material and the tenderness and almost gelatinous quality of its appearance will have you questioning your own eyes. 🔸 Jadeite cabbage. This delicately chiselled piece of jade is mind-blowing finery at its fullest, from the crunch of the cabbage leaves to the details of the grasshopper sitting in its middle. ❗️The National Palace Museum has 2 branches, one in Taipei and one in Taibao (Chiayi). Its most famous exhibits regularly rotate between the 2 locations, so do check on their website before visiting, to avoid disappointment! 🎫: 350元 (discounts available, free on selected special dates) 💬: Chinese and English; Free guided tours in Chinese and English; Audio players available for rent at 150元 in 14 languages * jk, the museum is fully wheelchair accessible https://www.npm.gov.tw/en/
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