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Jim Thompson’s house

  1. 3. Map Address: Jim Thompson House 6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road, Bangkok Tel: (662) 216-7368
  2. 4. Jim Thompson’s Life <ul><ul><li>James Harrison Wilson Thompson </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Born – Greenville, Delaware in 1906. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>businessman who helped revitalizes Thai silk and textile industry in 1950s and 1960s. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteered for service in US army </li></ul></ul>
  3. 5. Involvement with Bangkok <ul><ul><li>reorganization of Oriental Hotel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>developed fondness for country and people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>contemplate settling down </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foresaw promising future for country </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>take up residence in Thailand permanently </li></ul></ul>
  4. 6. Life in Bangkok <ul><ul><li>Built Thai Silk Company </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>major collector of Southeast Asian art </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>collection of Buddhist and secular art from Thailand, Burma, Cambodia and Laos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Built new home to showcase his art collection </li></ul></ul>
  5. 8. Jim Thompson House <ul><li>Old/simple Bangkok and life along the waterways </li></ul><ul><li>the heart of the city </li></ul><ul><li>one way of preserving a few of the country’s treasures </li></ul><ul><li>Art and antique collection are predominantly of Asian origin </li></ul>
  6. 9. Thai Traditional Houses <ul><li>reconstructed from all or parts of six separate old houses, from various parts of Thailand. </li></ul><ul><li>Original architectural drawings by Thompson and his Thai architect. </li></ul><ul><li>carpenters were brought from Ayutthaya </li></ul>
  7. 10. Thai Traditional Houses <ul><li>excellent condition even though over hundred years or more </li></ul><ul><li>completed in 1959 </li></ul><ul><li>The oldest part, early 19 th century </li></ul><ul><li>The second oldest house, middle 19 th century </li></ul><ul><li>found all of the remaining structures in Ayutthaya </li></ul>
  8. 11. The Jungle Landscape <ul><li>The house, half an acre of land and surrounded by landscaped gardens. </li></ul><ul><li>found the haphazard look of nature’s lush tropical jungles appealing and it gives the house its unique appeal. </li></ul>
  9. 12. Thai Architecture <ul><ul><li>Very similar styles to the Temples’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shows Thai adaptability to their environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special Features: Construction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>High roofs </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The decoration on the end of the roof </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Houses build on high column </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Houses are extendable </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Does not use nails </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A lot of roofs and windows </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 13. Thai Architecture <ul><ul><li>Other Special Features </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Craving under windows and doors </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Threshold </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pavilions (Sala-Thai) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Similar to houses </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Meet place and places to protect from sun and rain </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Today’s representation of Thai architecture </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 14. Silk <ul><ul><ul><li>Natural thread </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>produced on mulberry leaves </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>production </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Spin silkworm cocoons within their bodies </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Place in boiling water </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Produces threads </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>500-1500 meters long </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Weavers can dye them </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Soft but coarse texture </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 15. Art <ul><ul><li>Intricate connection between Thai arts and Buddhism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sculptures: Buddha images </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Paintings: Life of Buddha, Buddhist holidays, Buddhist legends </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Porcelain </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chinese: Blue and White house wares </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Benjarong: “benja” meaning five and 'rang' meaning colors </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Traditional Thai designs with composition of 5 primary colors </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 16. Interview <ul><li>To tourists: (from visiting the house) </li></ul><ul><li>Impression on Thai culture after? </li></ul><ul><li>What did you learn about the Thai culture? </li></ul><ul><li>Did Jim Thompson impact the way you think about Thai culture? </li></ul><ul><li>To the tour guide or workers: </li></ul><ul><li>How has Jim Thompson changed the lives of Thai people? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is the current owner and plan for this place in the future? </li></ul><ul><li>Other traditional culture does the house try to preserve? </li></ul><ul><li>How Jim Thompson helped promote Thai culture? </li></ul><ul><li>To Thai people: </li></ul><ul><li>How does this place affect the surrounding community? </li></ul>
  14. 17. “ 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”
  15. 18. “ It is old in a beautiful and fascinating way” “ It portrays a wealthy Thai person’s house”
  16. 19. “ 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”
  17. 20. “ 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”
  18. 21. <ul><li>What we think about our Cultural Adventure Trip? </li></ul>
  19. 22. Questions…
  20. 23. Bibliography <ul><li>&quot;Jim Thompson Life & Legend.&quot; The Jim Thompson House . Web. 17 Jan. 2010. <http://www.jimthompsonhouse.com/life/index.asp>. </li></ul><ul><li>Jim Thompson House in Bangkok . Youtube . Youtube. Web. 18 Jan. 2010. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5X7VEU73Ag0>. </li></ul><ul><li>Forbes, Andrew. &quot;Jim Thompson: Thailand's Silk King.&quot; CPAmedia . N.p., 2002. Web. 18 Jan. 2010. <http://www.cpamedia.com/history/jim_thompson_thailand_silk_king/>. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Thai House and Museum.&quot; The Jim Thompson House . N.p., 2003. Web. 18 Jan. 2010. <http://www.jimthompsonhouse.org/>. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;About Thai Silk.&quot; About Thai Silk Fabric . Red Hare Communications, 1999-2009. Web. 18 Jan. 2010. <http://www.bangkok-thailand.com/about-thai-silk.htm>. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Art and Antique Collection.&quot; The Jim Thompson House . The James H.W. Thompson Foundation, 2003. Web. 18 Jan. 2010. <http://www.jimthompsonhouse.com/museum/index.asp>. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Fascinating Aspects of the Thai Style House.&quot; The Jim Thompson House . The James H.W. Thompson Foundation, 2003. Web. 18 Jan. 2010. <http://www.jimthompsonhouse.com/museum/ index.asp>. Suwankiri, Pinyo. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Thai Architecture Dr. Pinyo Suwankiri.&quot; Thai Architecture . 2006. Web. 18 Jan. 2010. <http://www.thai-architecture.com/index.html>. </li></ul>