In 1958, he began what was to be the pinnacle of his architectural achievement – the construction of a new home to showcase his objets d'art.
Thai dwellings on his estate. Most of the units were dismantled and brought over by river from Ayutthaya, but the largest – a weaver's house (now the living room) – came from Bangkrua. On arrival, the woodwork was offloaded and pieced together.
After he was through with its creation, he filled his home with the items he had collected in the past. Decorating his rooms were Chinese blue-and-white Ming pieces, Belgian glass, Cambodian carvings, Victorian chandeliers, Benjarong earthenware, Thai stone images, Burmese statues, and a dining table which was once used by King Rama V of Thailand.
It took Thompson almost a year to complete his mansion. Now a museum, the Jim Thompson House can be reached by public or private transport. At 6 Soi Kasemsan (2) Song on Rama I Road, it is open daily from 9am to 5pm. The last guided tour of the complex is at 5pm.
Photographs are not allowed inside the buildings. The following are photos taken outside.
|Getting silk thread from the cocoons|
June and Petchfa
The gardens are beautiful. you can't tell you are in the middle of Bangkok.
Our Thai friends helped us celebrate Sister Moleff's 69th birthday. We later ate lunch at the Jim Thompson Restaurant - Sister Moleff's favorite place in Bangkok to eat.