Monday, October 27, 2014

The Jim Thompson House

The Jim Thompson House is a memorial museum to an American business man who established a silk export business in Thailand in the mid 1900's. Jim Thompson embraced Thai culture as evidenced by the style and decorations of his house. To add to the interesting life of Mr. Thompson, he disappeared mysteriously in 1967, leaving behind a thriving business still successful to this day. For viwing my photos on my Flickr Album click here:

More info on the history of Jim Thompson and his wonderful silk business can be found at this link.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Wat Suthat (Wat Suthat Thep Wararam)

Wat Suthat (Wat Suthat Thep Wararam) is located adjacent to the "Giant Swing" and the swing is considered part of the Temple complex. The temple is also one of the official "Royal" Temples as well as a royal temple of the first grade, one of ten such temples in Bangkok. The temple grounds are beautifully maintained and on my visit one of the two Temples were under renovation.  I suggest a tour of the temple for anyone interested in Thai Culture. For more awesome photos of this Bangkok Temple, click here...

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Gourmet Burgers Hit the Streets of Bangkok!

Tonight I tried a burger stand in Thonglor Soi Sukhumvit 38, it was amazing!  The Street Restaurant is called "Daniel Thaiger - Gourmet Food Truck". There was quite a line and I had to wait about 20 minutes for the burger but it was worth the wait! My burger was only 168 Baht and is was the best I have had in Bangkok.


Here is a Google Map Link to the location of the mobile grill.

Bangkok's Golden Mount and Wat Saket

The Golden Mount is one of Bangkok's most well known tourist destinations is an eighty meter high man made hill with a giant golden Chedi which can be seen for miles around. Golden Mount is adjacent to Wat Saket (Wat Saket Ratcha Wora Maha Wihan) and the Temple is responsible for maintaining the giant Chedi.

Bangkok's Wat Saket & Golden Mount Bangkok's Wat Saket & Golden Mount Bangkok's Wat Saket & Golden Mount
To see my other photos of Golden Mount 
and Wat Saket on my Flickr page, click here...

 Golden Mount was first constructed under the reign of King Rama III (1824-51).  This original structure was only a giant Chedi which collapsed in the soft soil which underlies most of the city. The collapsed chedi provided the base for the hill construction, which was completed in several stages over many years. The completed Chedi is 80 meters above the surrounding lands and has 320 steps inviting you to explore Bangkok with a 360 degree view of the Bangkok's old town area. The staircase is adorned with many Buddha images and temple bells and the base of the chedi holds holy relics of the Lord Buddha himself.  At the base of Golden Mount is Wat Saket, which is worthwhile to tour after the trip up the hill.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bangkok's City Pillar

All cities in Thailand have their own city pillar shrine.  The tradition of the city shrines is based on the  Thais Hindu roots and most Thais visit the shrine when visiting other cities to ask for good luck in love and life.

Bangkok's City Pillar is located across the street from the Grand Palace Complex making it convenient for everyone visiting Bangkok to visit the shrine. The shrine offers a traditional dancing show to tell the story of the great city accompanied by traditional music.

More Photos of the Shrine can be found at my Flickr album.

Mango and Sticky Rice on the Street

Mango and Sticky is a world famous Thai dessert and so delicious.  Getting this delicious treat on the streets of Bangkok both a fascinating and fun treat.  This vendor is a practiced mango slicer as you can tell. She probably delivers hundreds of of the delicious dessert a night.

Art Exhibits at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre

I visited the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre recently and wanted to share some of the art exhibitions here:

UOB Painting of the Year 2014UOB 5TH Annual "Painting of the Year" - located right inside the main entrance on ground level and presents some of best of the artists entries in UOBs annual contest.  More Photos of this exhibit can be found on my Flickr Album.

Inson Wongsam : The Autonomous SpiritInson Wongsam : The Autonomous Spirit - presents over 100 examples of Inson Wongsam paintings and sculptures. Mr. Wongsam is an 80 year old contemporary Thai artist and his work is fascinating. More Photos of this exhibit can be found on my Flickr Album.

Thai Charisma: Heritage + Creative PowerThai Charisma: Heritage & Creative Power - show cases both traditional and contemporary Thai art from 19 Thai artists.  More Photos of this exhibit can be found on my Flickr Album.

Here is a link to the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre website.

The YouTube video below is a video tour of the exhibits, enjoy!

For over 200 photos of Thailand Art that I have taken over the years, click here...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bangkok's Giant Swing

Bangkok's Giant Swing is another of Bangkok's famous City icons. The swing has a long history in Bangkok, being  constructed in the late seventeen hundreds by King Rama I.  The swing ceremonies have their roots in Hindu traditions. The swing has been replaced several times in the past with the most recent in 2007 when huge teak trees were specially grown and selected for the straightness of the trunks and free of knots. I was lucky enough to be in Bangkok for the dedication of the new swing and I remember it was quite a big ceremony. 

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