Sunday, June 24, 2012
The day started out sunny again. After a nice breakfast at the hotel, with a choice of eggs and a small buffet, we headed back to the Metro station. More spirit houses:
We walked down Soi Kaemsan 2. A Delonix regia/Royal Poinciana tree:
The Jim Thompson House Museum:
Jim Thompson was an architect, then during WWII he worked with OSS. After the war he retired to Thailand and discovered Thai silk. He marketed the silk in the U.S. and revived the silk weaving industry in Bangkok. He was also a collector of Southeast Asian antiques and art.
An adjoining art gallery had an exhibit called "Art on the Farm:"
The stairs to the gallery displayed wooden climbers:
One of the antiques was a print block for fabric dying:
Jim Thompson had six traditional Thai houses moved to this property. He joined them together, making each house a room. The living room:
In the spirit house:
Crossing the bridge, a view down the canal:
The Ban Krua neighborhood was the area of Muslim silk weavers where Jim Thompson conducted business:
We did see an elderly gentleman trimming the hedge in his PJs: