Visit a real Thai house

Sawasdii ka,

The other day I went to a bookstore and a book with the bright yellow cover catched my eye, I picked it up and it was “Bangkok attractions” so I went through the book quickly but one place that got my interest the most was a place with the title “visit a real Thai house: Bangkok Folk Museum”

I have been living in Bangkok for about 8 years but I didn’t know this place existed, so I searched more details about it and actually went to see it so that I can share the story with everyone.

Nowadays, the sight of a wooden Thai-style house in the heart of Bangkok is a rarity. The Bangkok Folk Museum was originally the home of the Suravadee family which was built in 1937. It’s tucked away in Soi Charoen Krung 43, off the famous Charoen Krung Road, the oldest road in Bangkok, built in 1860 during the reign of King Rama IV.

Ms.Waraporn Surawandee is a proud owner of one. She converted her ancestor’s home  into a private museum to preserve the lifestyle of early Bangkok, giving Bangkok another historical tourist destination. On 1 October 2004, the property was donated to the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority who now manages the place.

The Bangkok Folk Museum, also known as the “Bangkokian’s Museum” is an excellent spot to get a glimpse of what life was once like in Bangkok and serves as an informative starting point for anyone looking to explore one of the city’s most storied and historically significant districts near the Chao Phraya River.

Visitors can see a fascinating collection of antiques, traditional household utensils and items of ceremonial significance on a guided tour. All the exhibits are classified and categorized according to the standard system used in museum. Visitors can contact the owner Mrs. Waraporn Surawadee between 9 am and 5 pm at the office for arrangements. Admission is free (maximum 20 people per tour).

I am happy to know one more place that tell history of the Bangkok city. It just reminds me that Bangkok is not only about high rises and big department strores.

When you come to visit Bangkok the Bangkok Folk Museum can be added in your itinerary:)

Kop Kun Ka


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4 Responses to Visit a real Thai house

  1. tommy 13/03/2011 at 04:54 #

    thank you for this very useful blog hope to see it grow bigger soon

  2. Bangkok Airport Limo 07/03/2011 at 12:48 #

    Nice write up on the museum, not been there yet, but having read your review I will take a visit

    • Mod 07/03/2011 at 15:48 #

      Thank you. I am glad you like my blog:)

  3. Thailand Girl 06/03/2011 at 15:54 #

    Great post. I also live in Thailand and have gone to the Folk Museum. It is a very interesting place.

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