Set within a charming colonial mansion, you will discover the Bangkok Folk Museum that will transport you back to the early twentieth century life of some of Bangkok’s most prestigious residents. The hotels Bangkok has to offer its visitors embody the same elegance and charm, and a prime example is the Anantara Bangkok Sathorn. With its luxurious interiors and central location that places guests in close proximity to a myriad city attractions, this is one Bangkok hotel that will make for an unforgettable excursion in Thailand’s capital. Visit the Bangkok Folk Museum for an intriguing foray back in time, into the life of the Suravadee family. Built in 1937, it occupies a prime spot on the oldest road in the city, Charoen Krung Road, which saw its incarnation in 1860. The museum complex comprises four buildings, three of which are open for public viewing and one that is the residence of the daughter of the original owners.
The first building is the family, and when you venture within, you will feel an aura of nostalgia as the house is dotted with various artefacts that served the daily lives of the original occupants. A gramophone, wooden iron press, exquisite porcelain crockery, an aged sewing machine, and antique furniture are just some of the elements that once made this impressive house a home. The second house is two-story structure dedicated to the memory of Dr. Francis Christian, the stepfather of the surviving daughter. You will encounter a beautiful sculpted bust of the good doctor as well as several of his personal items, such as his medical equipment used in the 1930s and an impressive array of cigar boxes that paint him as a connoisseur. The third building is one of the most memorable, as it was used as a kitchen and various household items occupy pride of place on the ground floor. You will encounter unique Tiffin food carriers and a meat larder (used before refrigerators), as well as traditional woks and food steamers. You will also find a unique timer in the form of coconut shells of various sizes that were placed in bowls on water, and time was measured based on how long it took each shell to completely immerse. An eclectic collection of experiences await you at the Bangkok Folk Museum so include it in your cultural itinerary the next time your travels bring you here.