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Monk Bowl Alley/Monk Bowl Village

Posted by owsleybeck on 12/5/2007 at 08:12

Hey I'm just wondering if anyone knows where this is in Bangkok and if anyone can give me directions (street names) on how to get here? Is it easy to find? Will Taxi Drivers know the place? Is it near KS rd? and can you buy these bowls? Please! Please let me know!

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Posted by bkkbill on 20/5/2007 at 12:34

Yes it is near KS road hope this will help.

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Posted by scomoore1 on 3/6/2007 at 02:41

Yes, I've been to the 'monk's bowl alley' a couple of times. A very pleasant little alley near the Golden Mount.

There are at least two sets of artisans in the alley who make and sell the bowls. They seem to not get along with each other and compete for the attention of the tourist/prospective buyer. We arrived one morning and bought a bowl from one man, after getting a brief explanation of how the bowls are crafted. An English couple who tagged along with us bought a smaller 'souvenir-sized' bowl from the other artisans (whose shops were close to the mouth of the alley and whose sell was much softer). When he got wind of the latter transaction, monk's-bowl artisan #1 began shreiking and fulminating at his neighbor (presumably because he felt he had exclusive rights to sell bowls to the whole group of us) in the most uncharacteristic way possible for a Thai.

Please be mindful of the local turmoil, although there isn't anything to do about it if you want to buy what you want to buy.

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Posted by besok on 4/6/2007 at 23:48

I've not heard of these things. Are the bowls pretty? would they make a good gift? Thankyou

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