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Jim Thompson House Museum Bangkok

Jim Thompson Museum Bangkok

  • Location:    6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road, Bangkok 10330(opposite the National Stadium)
  • Telephone:    (662) 216-7368
  • Hours:        09:00 to 17:00 daily (the last Guided Tour at 16:30) Compulsory guided tours
  • Admission:    Adults 100 baht, Students 50 baht
Jim Thompson’s House and gardens and its valuable collection of South East Asian Art are well worth a visit.

Who Was Jim Thompson?

  • Jim Thompson was an American architect who was stationed in Thailand in World War II as part of what was to become the Central Intelligence Agency. After the War, he returned to Thailand, and successfully resurrected the Thai silk industry by marketing the silks for the western world under the guise of the Thai Silk Company Ltd. This was to be an enduring success, which has continued to this day in spite of his untimely and mysterious death in 1967.

The Jim Thompson House

  • Jim Thompson loved Thailand and all things Thai, and his house is actually a compilation of 6 traditional structures of houses all over 200 years old which he purchased and brought to one spot in the centre of Bangkok on the banks of the Khlong Saen Saep and assembled using traditional Thai building techniques (which avoid the use of nails). The house is wider at the bottom and narrower at the top to allow for the natural expiration of heat, aided by the air vents at the tops of the walls.
  • The actual house consists of an entrance hall, dining room, living room, terrace, master bedroom with bath, two guestrooms, a kitchen and pantry. As all 6 traditional houses were shaped into one home, he did not always adhere to the traditional when it came to the furniture.  The wooden living room walls were actually installed inside out to enable their carved surfaces to be viewed from the inside. Consequently the window shutters open and close from the outside, instead of the inside. He has also used a traditional Thai bed as a coffee table. The house has been furnished with exquisite art and antiques, which create an atmosphere of elegance and serenity.

Jim Thompson Museum Bangkok