The fascinating Jim Thompson House in Bangkok will capture the imagination of any visitor with its extensive collection of artworks and curiosities. This unique and appealing museum should be on the itinerary of any visitor to the Thai capital.
Jim Thompson was an American who came to Thailand as a military officer during World War II. He developed a strong affection for the country and its people, which led to his decision to settle down permanently in the nation after the end of hostilities. Thompson invested in the Thai silk industry and is given credit for reviving this traditional art form.
A qualified architect and an art lover, Jim Thompson created a tasteful residential complex in the Thai capital, which amply demonstrates his love for the art of Southeast Asia. The compound consists of six typical Thai teakwood structures, formerly individual houses from elsewhere in Thailand which were disassembled and reconstructed at this location.
The visitor will see that a recurrent theme at the compound is the fusion of Eastern and Western architectural and decorative elements. The actual entrance of the complex is comparatively inconspicuous, located amidst the shadows of the adjacent trees. When you enter the complex, you will be greeted by an elegant foyer, where an ingenious lighting layout highlights the standing Buddha figure and wooden figurine, which are located in niches in the wall. Much of the ground floor is laid out with tiles of Italian marble, and European chandeliers adorn the ceiling.
As you venture upstairs, you will notice the array of ornamental wall hangings, which were much prized by their former owner. In the Thai-style pantry, you will notice the splendid collection of exquisite porcelain. As visitors explore each room, they will gain a strong impression of Thompson’s excellent taste and sophisticated eye for detail. Each of the many artworks and antiques add to the exotic ambience of the residence, rather than simply demonstrate opulence and extravagance. Anyone with an interest in the art of the region will be enthralled by this amazing museum.
If you are visiting the Thai capital and are considering Bangkok city hotels in which to base your stat, a discerning choice would be the Atrium Bangkok. This central city hotel Bangkok has to offer its corporate and leisure visitors provides comfortable accommodations in a convenient setting.
Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+