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Jim Thompson House, Bangkok

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Architectural Building · Specialty Museum
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Admire the artful curation of traditional Thai design at Jim Thompson House, a complex of buildings collected from across the country in the 1950s and 60s. The brainchild of American businessman Jim Thompson, this estate brings together classic architectural examples in one place and today offers an interesting introduction into traditional Thai arts and crafts, such as silk spinning. Relax under the verandas of the cool, rust-colored buildings, and admire the work of local craftspeople before enjoying a meal at the onsite restaurant. Use our Bangkok online trip builder to arrange your visit to Jim Thompson House and other attractions in Bangkok.
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  • The house itself was designed by Jim Thompson who was originally an architect., so a glorious design. Beautiful gardens! The tour itself was interesting though I would have like to hear more about... 
    The house itself was designed by Jim Thompson who was originally an architect., so a glorious design. Beautiful gardens! The tour itself was interesting though I would have like to hear more about...  more »
  • Seeing the silk products and hearing all about the history was a great experience. The property is beautiful. 
    Seeing the silk products and hearing all about the history was a great experience. The property is beautiful.  more »
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  • It’s beautiful. The tours only around 45 minutes but it’s totally worth the 200B you pay. Guide was very well rehearsed in her oratory and knowledgeable when pressed further. Love the place, went 4 years ago then again recently and will pay a further visit when I’m back in BKK in a couple weeks. The grounds and rooms are magnificent to behold if you’ve an eye for the sort of planning that goes into that kind of thing. A solid recommend.
  • I adore the house, garden and various artworks around the museum. The guide tour itself feels clearly geared towards the white tourists. I guess it’s a general feel-good story about a Caucasian business man went to Asian, got fascinated by the culture, loved by the natives, and most of all, saw a great business opportunity. The tour did show how Jim and his partners embraced Thai traditions and how he was undeniably a crucial factor in the flourish of the nation’s silk industry, but the narration feels a bit monotone as it doesn’t take the Thai people into the picture and more about how tasteful Jim is. Besides, in each room there are screens that show art performance of another contemporary artist, which I feel kinda out of nowhere and don’t really fit the atmosphere.

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