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Kamthieng House and The Siam Society

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Kamthieng House Museum features a charming Lanna-style teak house with displays on traditional life in Northern Thailand, while the nearby Siam Society is dedicated to preserving Thai culture through education.

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First built alongside the Ping River in Chiang Mai in the mid-19th century, Baan Kamthieng was disassembled, shipped to Bangkok and carefully pieced together again in 1964. Still in excellent shape, the dark teakwood and pointed ceramic roof are quite a contrast to the neighbouring office buildings and malls in this very modern part of Bangkok.

Some lovely displays. Photo taken in or around Kamthieng House and The Siam Society, Bangkok, Thailand by David Luekens.

Some lovely displays. Photo: David Luekens

Overseen by the Siam Society’s dedicated scholars, the museum focuses on daily life in 19th-century Northern Thailand. Displays include antique tools, cooking utensils, musical instruments and flower garlands used in ceremonies, among others. Information presented in excellent English explains Northern Thai belief systems involving rice goddesses, naga water serpents and ancestral spirits, while traditional music adds to the ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)


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