Map Address: Jim Thompson House 6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road, Bangkok Tel: (662) 216-7368
Jim Thompson’s Life
James Harrison Wilson Thompson
Born – Greenville, Delaware in 1906.
businessman who helped revitalizes Thai silk and textile industry in 1950s and 1960s.
Volunteered for service in US army
Involvement with Bangkok
reorganization of Oriental Hotel
developed fondness for country and people
contemplate settling down
Foresaw promising future for country
take up residence in Thailand permanently
Life in Bangkok
Built Thai Silk Company
major collector of Southeast Asian art
collection of Buddhist and secular art from Thailand, Burma, Cambodia and Laos
Built new home to showcase his art collection
Jim Thompson House
Old/simple Bangkok and life along the waterways
the heart of the city
one way of preserving a few of the country’s treasures
Art and antique collection are predominantly of Asian origin
Thai Traditional Houses
reconstructed from all or parts of six separate old houses, from various parts of Thailand.
Original architectural drawings by Thompson and his Thai architect.
carpenters were brought from Ayutthaya
Thai Traditional Houses
excellent condition even though over hundred years or more
completed in 1959
The oldest part, early 19 th century
The second oldest house, middle 19 th century
found all of the remaining structures in Ayutthaya
The Jungle Landscape
The house, half an acre of land and surrounded by landscaped gardens.
found the haphazard look of nature’s lush tropical jungles appealing and it gives the house its unique appeal.
Very similar styles to the Temples’
Shows Thai adaptability to their environment
Special Features: Construction
The decoration on the end of the roof
Houses build on high column
Houses are extendable
Does not use nails
A lot of roofs and windows
Other Special Features
Craving under windows and doors
Similar to houses
Meet place and places to protect from sun and rain
Today’s representation of Thai architecture
produced on mulberry leaves
Spin silkworm cocoons within their bodies
Place in boiling water
500-1500 meters long
Weavers can dye them
Soft but coarse texture
Intricate connection between Thai arts and Buddhism
Sculptures: Buddha images
Paintings: Life of Buddha, Buddhist holidays, Buddhist legends
Chinese: Blue and White house wares
Benjarong: “benja” meaning five and 'rang' meaning colors
Traditional Thai designs with composition of 5 primary colors
To tourists: (from visiting the house)
Impression on Thai culture after?
What did you learn about the Thai culture?
Did Jim Thompson impact the way you think about Thai culture?
To the tour guide or workers:
How has Jim Thompson changed the lives of Thai people?
Who is the current owner and plan for this place in the future?
Other traditional culture does the house try to preserve?
How Jim Thompson helped promote Thai culture?
To Thai people:
How does this place affect the surrounding community?
“ How old everything is, gives me a sense of how old the ancient Thai lives is still being preserved in the house. Also, I learned about communal beliefs of Thais in the community” “ A lot of Buddhist beliefs incorporated into almost every feature of the house” “ It is very interesting how a foreigner is interested in Thai culture and is trying to promote it to the international community”
“ It is old in a beautiful and fascinating way” “ It portrays a wealthy Thai person’s house”
“ Definitely a big influence on the Thai silk export” “ There are a lot of religious aspects integrated in the house” “ I learned that Thai culture got the influence from different cultures like China and Burma”
“ Other than the main house of Jim Thompson, there are four more houses in the compound. The architecture of the house shows the different style of houses in different areas of Thailand. Also, inside the house, there are some Thai arts and objects displayed” “ The most important one is definitely promoting Thai silk to the world” “ He actually didn't change the lives of Thai people; he just introduced and promoted Thai silk to world market” “ The house belongs to the Jim Thompson Foundation and the main purpose is just to keep the house running to promote Thai culture to visitors”
What we think about our Cultural Adventure Trip?
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