Tucked away within the tranquil region of Pratunam lies an attraction, which many a traveller has ranked among Bangkok’s most intriguing points of interest. Known simply as the Bangkok Dolls House and Museum, this engaging venue showcases stunning hand-made dolls from expert doll makers from across the globe with special focus on Thai traditional dolls in conventional costumes. A virtual treasure trove for collectors and doll connoisseurs this captivating museum is a visual treat for both young and old visitors.
The brainchild of doll master Khunying Thongkorn Chanthawimol, who learned the fine art of manufacturing these stunning creations at the prestigious Ozawa Doll School in Japan the museum, first opened its doors to visitors as far back as 1956. With an impressive collection of over 400 handmade Thai dolls to its name the museum also plays a pivotal role in preserving the art of traditional Thai doll making and the various cultural attributes of the items such as costumes, for future generations.
Divided in to two sections the museum’s outer room displays collector’s items and antique dolls that are not for sale while the inner quarters contain dolls that are available for purchase. Highlighting scenes from Thai rural life, the dolls emulate the lifestyles of the northern hill tribes of Thailand and some performing the Khon dance drama are some of the features at the venue. The morning scene depicted in the showcase, imitates monks collecting alms from passerby boats.
Collector’s dolls clad in the traditional costumes of various nations across the world are also found here with national costumes of countries such as Russia, Belgium, India, Turkey, Egypt, Netherlands, Austria, France, South Korea, Greece, Poland, Hungary and Laos recreated in stunning detail.
Made with precision and close attention to the intricacies of costumes and gestures the doll houses and the dolls are creations of meticulous work that require special skill, patience and artistry.
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