Exploring Jim Thompson’s House in Bangkok

My wife and I are currently in Bangkok to work as artists-in-residence at ELC school. We haven’t started yet, so we’re just taking a couple of days to explore the city. It’s actually my third sojourn here, but I kind of get to see Bangkok anew with Marcie.

We fought off our jet lag the first day and visited Jim Thompson house. Thompson was an American who fell in love with Thailand and moved here after WWII and revitalized the silk industry. He built his home to draw on traditional Thai architecture and filled it with beautiful artifacts from around SE Asia.

While visiting the site, you can see a celebration of the hand-weaving of silk.

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Personally, I loved looking at the sculptures and the many traditional doors (I do love to collect doors!) Here are some photos of some of my favourite doors that I found at the house:

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And, finally, here are just a few other photos of the site.

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