More than Just Silk and Food

Jim Thompson House Museum

23rd February 2011. Written by Xin Li.
Bangkok, Thailand

Jim Thompson is a fascinating character in Thai history. The American architect is also an intelligence officer who is widely credited for the revival of the Thai Silk industry as well as defying the local taboo by gathering historical relics and artifacts around Thailand (broken objects were seen to bring bad luck). And for all his achievements, his life seemingly ended in the most mysterious way possible: he went missing during a trip to the Cameroon Highlands in Malaysia.



Jim Thompson House Museum - Couple



The museum has plenty of greenery to rest your eyes on.



Jim Thompson House Museum - Bridge in Garden



His museum, the Jim Thompson House Museum, is one of the must-see sights in Bangkok and if you are a student, you should grab the 50 THB ticket for students while you can and visit this beautiful fusion of Thai villas. Adults pay 100 THB to get in.



Jim Thompson House Museum - Tour Guide



The museum offers complimentary guided tours of the house along with the entry fee, you get to see odd-shaped containers for urine, an early form of entertainment powered by mice and most importantly intriguing Thai vernacular architecture.



Jim Thompson House Museum - Interior




Jim Thompson House Museum - Decor




Jim Thompson House Museum

Jim Thompson House Museum - Basement
Antiques (and fakes), which Jim Thompson collected throughout his life. It started a trend of antique collection particularly Southeast Asian ones during his time.



Jim Thompson House Museum - Flowers



The Jim Thompson House Museum is a serene haven for its visitors who wish to escape from the chaotic urban sprawl of Bangkok.



Jim Thompson House Museum - Lotus Flowers


Last but not least, you could still dwell into the commercial side the Jim Thompson brand by indulging in some food in the in-house restaurant or purchase one of the many Thai silk products available (at a premium price of course).


Jim Thompson House Museum - Restaurant


The museum is a short walk away from the National Stadium BTS station and easily accessible via taxis or tuk tuk. Similar to the Grand Palace, if someone tell you that the museum is closed, its probably a scam.





Jim Thompson House Museum
6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road, Bangkok
Tel: (662) 216-7368
Fax: (662) 612-3744


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