Jim Thompson House Bangkok, Thailand
May 25, 2012 § 3 Comments
Any lover of the Thai Silk would definitely know who Jim Thompson is!
Nestled in the bustling city of Bangkok, near major shopping centres, the Jim Thompson House Museum transports you back in time with its tranquil atmosphere and very traditional architecture.
Coming from his hometown in Delaware, USA, James Harrison Wilson Thompson traveled to Thailand in 1946 to organize the Bangkok OSS Office of the US Army. But, after his divorce in 1946, he devoted his time to revitalize the Thai silk cottage industry in Bangkok. In 1948, together with his business partner George Barrie, he founded the Thai Silk Company. He went for a holiday to Cameron Highlands in Malaysia in 1967 where he mysteriously disappeared when he went for a hike in the jungle.
His house was maintained and opened to public as a museum and a reminder to what he contributed to the industry.
The compound is made up of 6 teak houses, all in traditional thai-style architecture.
Photography is not allowed inside the main house as a lot of the items are decades old and are sensitive to flash.
In the patio, a process of how the Thai Silk is made is shown – with real silk worms and cocoons.
Jim’s favourite memorabilia are also displayed throughout the compound like this headless statue of the buddha.
During the old days, Jim used a carved wooden block to put prints on silk.
Refreshments are also available at the Jim Thompson Restaurant
And of course, the Jim Thompson Silk at the souvenir shop.
The Jim Thompson House Museum is open from 9 am to 5 pm everyday with guided english tour every 30 minutes.The Jim Thompson House Museum Address : 6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road, Bangkok Tel No. : (662) 216-7368 Website : http://www.jimthompsonhouse.com/