In a peaceful wooden house by the side of a canal in Bangkok prevails a sense of tranquillity so unlike the bustling metropolis, that one finds instant attraction to this refuge that insulates you from the everyday stress of a city life. The collection of hand drawn paintings only adds more charm to this unique cultural centre that has about it the nurturing environment necessary for art of any form to thrive, fostered by talent and dedication.
The Artist’s House is located by the side of a canal on the Thonburi side but reaching it is only possible through walking through a maze of houses and winding roads that seems purposely confounding as if to preserve the seclusion of this place. It is a cultural and art centre that is fostered in a restored wooden house that is as old as 200 years and belongs to a time when the capital of the country was located on this part of the river.
The house has been restored nicely, preserving the ancient and rugged charm about it, and has its own white chedi that is believed to date as far back as 600 years ago. The boardwalk leading up to the house is now taken up by restaurants and souvenir shops and the house can be viewed by the tourists taking a cruise along the canal, although it is not used as a point of reaching the site. The house belongs to Khun Chumpol Akkapanataon who is an artist himself and one can meet him as he works away on his paintings while chatting with the visitors at the same time.
The house made of wooden planks and floorboards is right at the end of a boardwalk and contains a gallery for visitors for the puppet shows that are held here. There is also a collection of souvenirs to be bought while one also finds a coffee corner where a traveller can sit down and enjoy a cup while watching the boats go by the canal. The walls are thronged with paintings that an art lover would never stop gazing at. The arrival of a boat providing a tasty lunch of Thai noodles is also a cheerful prospect and is an excellent prelude before settling down to watch the puppet show in the evening.
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Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+