日本での一年間

August 27, 2011

Jim Thompson House, Bangkok

Filed under: abroad, Thailand, Trips — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , — myyearinjapan @ 6:27 am

Jim Thompson was an American army officer who came to Thailand in 1945. He soon left the army and started a business selling Thai silks. His company’s silks were featured in the Rodgers and Hammerstein movie The King and I, making his company well-known and allowing business to prosper. Jim Thompson enjoyed antiques and collected many pieces to display in the house that he had built along the canal in Bangkok. Many of the antiques he collected were broken or incomplete. He believed in saving the treasured artifacts, but Thai people believed that such buying such broken objects was bad luck. And perhaps they were right because in 1967, while traveling in Maylasia, Jim Thompson disappeared and he was never to be found. His house on the canal is now a museum. You aren’t allowed to take pictures of much of the inside, so here are some pictures of the grounds.

Jim Thompson House

Jim Thompson company store on the house grounds. The silk is not cheap, but it is quite lovely.

Buildings on the grounds

Jungle-like garden

Lotus flowers

This stone figure welcomes you!

House, complete with tourists peering in.

This is the most I can show of the inside.

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