Jim Thompson's House
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December 7th, 2009 – by: domnicella
Having worked as an architect for ten years before enlisting in the army and being stationed overseas, Jim Thompson found he loved Thailand so much he moved there permanently. Taken with traditional Thai silks, a craft that was then dying (from neglect/lack of interest), our man JT is credited with reviving the industry, single-handedly making it the booming success that it is today. His house is INCREDIBLE. Luxury, taste, creativity, an eye for aesthetics -- the man had it all. His unique combinations of Thai architecture and Thai and Burmese sculpture and art, together with Italian marble floors (recycled from old Thai palaces) and chandeliers (ditto) make for a beautiful, interesting space.
Guided tours are required, which means its an interesting and educational experience as well as an aesthetically stimulating one. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and highly recommend a visit to JTâ€™s digs. Anyone with an appreciation for art or architecture will fall head over heels in love with it. I did.
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