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Sweet Back-In-Time Sojourn

November 21, 2013
Bangkokian Museum

Often times the most interesting and rewarding attractions in a city can be the most challenging to find, and this is especially true of the Bangkokian Museum. Also known as the Bangkok Folk Museum, the Bangkokian is one of the sweetest and most serene back-in-time sojourns visitors to the Thai capital can take, and while locating it might be difficult, perseverance will be rewarded with a lovely first-hand look at life in mid-C.20th Thailand – an era rarely highlighted in the city.

Set just off the river and Thanon Charoen Krung, the museum comprises pretty, breezy gardens and two restored wooden houses formerly belonging to the Suravadee family, whose female descendent Ms. Waraporn today runs the venue. The first and bigger of the two houses was built in 1937 and features polished floorboards, cool green walls, and antique homeware specific to the average pre- and post-war Thai household including Bakelite switches, valve radios, porcelain basins and typewriters.

A second teak house was originally built in the countryside, disassembled then reassembled in the city for use as a doctor’s surgery, while a third structure that once served as a boarding house is today repurposed as a museum to all manner of household items of the age. More a charming snapshot of a bygone era than a museum in the traditional sense, the Bangkokian makes for lovely photo opportunities and ties in well with a boat ride along the river. Sweet!

273 Charoen Krung Soi 43 / Si Phraya Pier /
+66 2 233 7027 /
10am-4pm Wed-Sun