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Bangkokian Museum

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Occupying a trio of restored heritage houses draped in trees, the small but worthwhile Bangkokian Museum displays what one upper middle-class home looked like in the Thai capital from the early to mid 20th century.

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Archan Waraporn, a teacher and daughter of the original owners, donated the houses to the city in 2004 and arranged the interiors as she recalled them when growing up. Old black-and-white photos of the original residents join original four-post beds, crystal bottles and an upright piano. It all combines for an authentic and charming feel that similar Bangkok museums lack.

They don’t make them like this anymore. Photo taken in or around Bangkokian Museum, Bangkok, Thailand by David Luekens.

They don’t make them like this anymore. Photo: David Luekens

The museum pops up unexpectedly down an otherwise inconspicuous side street off Charoen Krung Road in the historic Bang Rak area. Up front stands the main house, built in 1937 with original louvered wood shutters, a broad front stoop and varnished wood floors leading inside to a living room, dining room, bedrooms and washroom that will transport you to the World War II era. Gardens and fountains fill out the plot, providing an elusive dose of tranquility in ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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