Famous for his influence on the production of silk and his sudden disappearance on a stroll in Malaysia, Jim Thompson's House is now a museum showing his Western influence on a traitional Thai house. Full of memorabilia i.e. vases, buddhist statues, tapestries and many more items he picked up on his travels. He puts together objects like a pawn shop door he found in China Town along with other objects he took a liking to during his travels and produced a spectacular oriental house.
There is also a Jim Thompson silk shop where you can get your world famous Jim Thompson silk products.
Here you can see how Mr. Thompson live and his "palace". There are also many guides to show you around. They have English, Thai, Japanese, French guide. They are very very friendly. If visitors have any question, just ask them.
This house and now museum is a nice place in such a chaotic city, I honestly thought the place was bigger, but considering that the building around it went up after this house was built, then it must have been something else in the 1950's......worth seeing, give yourself about a hour !!!!!!
Jim Thompson is an impressive and eccentric figure. He was an OSS operative (the precursor to the CIA). And he decided, after his stint in Southeast Asia during and after WWII, that he liked Bangkok so much that he would stay, leaving behind a wife (who was a model) in America, because she would not come with him. He proceeded to initiate an exporting business (Thai silk). After making money from this business, he constructed the house that still stands largely in its original form today for tourists to enjoy. It is a brilliant fusion of western and eastern architecture and art. And it is at the dinner table of this house that Thompson, an intriguing extrovert to say the least, entertained many dignitaries from east and west, and in so doing absorbed many insights that allowed him to live abundantly in Bangkok until his mysterious death at the age of 61 in 1967.
When you go to Bankgok, you will hear the name Jim Thompson all over the city. Jim Thompson was one of Bangkok's favorite expats. An American, who came to Thailand in the 1950's. Supposedly CIA. Anyway, he loved Thailand and their culture. He helped revitalize the Thai silk industry. He was killed mysteriously in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia in 1967.
His house is one of the best sites in Bangkok. Made up of several antique homes-they are filled with stunning antiques. There is a nice cafe there-where you can take a drink or light meal by the pond overlooking the house. You must go on a short guided tour through the house. Afterwards, you can walk around the small gardens and take photos looking inside the house. The house is open to the outside. Great gift shop.
I was told by my firend to go see Jim Tompson's house, now a museum. Not being a fan of museum, I heard so much about it that I decided to go take a look.
I was surprised, because it's well organised and very interesting. Just the architecture of the place is quite interesting.
The gardens are planted with common and rare tropical plants with combinations of both potted and plant beds. Brick walks wind throughout the garden and making Jim Thompson's House feel as if totally out of busy town.
Jim Thompson's House is exactly in the middle of the Bangkok City.
Jim Thompson's House, comprising six traditional Thai teak buildings in which are displayed the former US agent's collection of traditional art - it will give you an idea of what you should be shopping for, as this was the man who introduced Thai silk to the world.
The American Jim Thompson revitalised the silk industry when it was almost gone.This has been very important to the economy of Thailand.
The beautiful house he lived in is most certainly worth visiting.It is completely build of teak and is a little paradise in the mids of a metropole.
You are not allowed to take pictures inside because they want to sell the books but if you keep a close eye on your guide you can take some "forbidden pics" like I did...:-)
The residence of the American silk entrepreneur is an excellent example of genuine Thai residential architecture and Southeast Asian art. Thompson helped to revive the Thai silk industry during World War II. In 1967 he mysteriously vanished while in Malaysia.
Jim Thompson was an American born in 1906 who was practicing architect prior to World War II. He came in Asia as the US army to help restore Thailands full freedom.
After the war he decided to live in Thailand permanently.
Now on his name there is a store, house and museum in one.
From the National Stadium Station walk Rama 1 road and the up Soi Kasemsan 2 and you will find the Jim Thompson House. It is actually six traditional Thai wooden houses that were moved and rebuilt here in the 1950's by Jim Thompson an ex OSS employee who set up his Thai Silk Company and totally revitalised that industry for Thailand. The houses are wonderful examples and definitely worth a visit. As well as the houses there is also a great collection of antiques and artifacts.
Jim Thompson was an American living in Bangkok who became famous for reviving Thailand's silk industry. His elegant and lavish teak home is now a museum open to the public. The house is actually constructed with pieces of smaller Thai teak homes. The house also contains an impressive collection of Asian art and antiques. The gardens surrounding the home are also particularly lovely.
The American silk magnate Jim Thompson built his house from 6 teak houses before disappearing in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia in 1967. The house now hosts one of Thailand`s best collections of Ayutthaya and Rattanakosin period art. The tours are well-organized and interesting.
Admission is 100 BHT, I believe.
Jim Thompson was an expatriate American who fell in love with Thailand and its culture while there during WW II and decided to stay there. He also brought back the Thai silk industry and made a fortune in the process. He disappeared in 1967 and no trace has ever been found of him.
He built this house in 1959. It is a beautiful traditional Thai house with teak floors and cool, shady gardens but also a few of the Western conveniences he was used to.
It's a relatively quiet place in the bustling city and a good place to play "if I had the money, I'd do this...".