Jim Thompson's House

by Malinda Wood
The Jim Thompson House is the former home of James H.W. Thompson who came to Thailand as an officer in the US Forces during World War II. The American entrepreneur is the founder of the world renowned Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company. The house consists of a group of six traditional Thai-style teak houses that were purchased from different owners from various parts of Thailand and put together at the present location - the construction was completed in 1959. It showcases one of the best-preserved traditional Thai houses in the capital.
It has a wide collection of antiques and artworks from Thailand and other countries in Southeast Asian region. Outstanding items include blue and white Ming porcelain, the 19th century Vessantara Jataka paintings and the 6th century Dvaravati Buddha image in the garden - believed to be one of the oldest surviving Buddha statues in the world. Thompson disappeared under mysterious circumstances while on a walk in the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia in 1967 and left behind his flourishing business, including this house of historical value as his memorial in Thailand. Set amidst a lush green garden of tropical plants, Jim Thompson's House is located alongside Saen Saeb Canal near the famous shopping district of Siam Square. Opening hours are 9.00 am to 4.30 pm daily except Sundays.
The admission fee is 100 Baht and guides are available.

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