My educational background is Fine Arts with a major in Interior Design, so even though I do not practice this for decades anymore, architecture and design will always have a soft spot in my heart.
When I found out that M.R. Kukrit’s traditional Thai heritage home is located near our hotel in Sathorn, basically just at the back of our hotel, I was quite ecstatic! I wanted to see an authentic traditional Thai house.
Mon Rachawongse (M.R.) Kukrit Pramoj was Thailand’s 13th Prime Minister (1975-76), he was also the speaker of the House of Representatives of Thailand and a member of the Royal Thai family. He lived in this little oasis in the middle of Bangkok’s business district jungle. They say the cluster of traditional Thai houses are more than 100 years old.
So when my Dad (glad he was willing to accompany me!) and I arrived at the heritage house museum, we were really taken in by the drastic change of atmosphere and scenery. We seemed to have stepped into an extraordinary piece of paradise when just a few hundred metres away is one of the busiest and noisiest avenues of Bangkok. And when we look up from the peaceful garden where we stood, we could see the modern high-rise buildings towering above us.
The contrast is very undeniable, very present and telling. It made us aware that we are in a special place.
Traditional Thai houses are made of wood and have a lot of open spaces for ventilation. Thailand is in the tropics so a well ventilated house is top priority in the design. This is the reason why many traditional Thai houses (traditional Asian houses in general) are raised from the ground and are made of light materials.
I will not bore you of details but here is an excerpt from Bangkokforvisitors site:
“M. R. Kukrit's house reflects his deep interest in Thai culture, and his own efforts at preserving it. The home is the result of over 20 years work. While it now appears as a unified whole, the various buildings were purchased separately from different places around central Thailand, disassembled, and re-assembled in the present location. One unique aspect of traditional Thai houses is that they are actually made to be movable in this fashion. Some of the structures are more than 100 years old.”
Read the rest of the article here: M.R. Kukrit’s House
Here is another very detailed article, a personal visit account to the house published by Thaiways: M.R. Kukrit’s Home
My dad and I were quite happy to have made the visit. My curiosity was quenched as well. I definitely recommend this place to culture and design enthusiasts.
This is location of the house in the middle of the Lumphini Business Distict in Bangkok:
Here are the pictures of course:
Travel Period: November 2015
Destination: Lumphini Business District (Bangkok), Thailand
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