M.R. Kukrit's Heritage Home

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M.R. Kukrit's Heritage Home

M.R. Kukrit's Heritage Home
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Sathorn
Sathorn is Bangkok’s central business district, but here you’ll find much more than international banks and suited-up office workers. Take a stroll along the small alleys between the skyscrapers and you’ll find yourself among Bangkokians living life at a much slower pace. Feast on fantastic Thai food which you can find in the town-house restaurants, office food courts and sidewalk food stalls spread all over the area, especially around St. Louis Hospital. A visit to Sathorn is not complete without a drink at one of the glitzy sky bars perched atop its skyscrapers.
How to get there
  • Lumphini • 8 min walk
  • Si Lom • 9 min walk
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Kaushik G
Mumbai, India4,068 contributions
Beautiful heritage home
Sep 2019 • Friends
I had visited this beautiful heritage house in Silom area during my holidays in Bangkok. Entrance fee is 50 baht per person. This is traditional wooden Thai house which has been converted into a museum showcasing artefacts traditionally used by the Thai people. There is a small garden and a water body with fishes in front of the house. It was a great experience getting up close with the traditional Thai lifestyle and clicking pics.
Written August 25, 2020
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NXZ
Boston70 contributions
Mandatory for a visitor interested in Thai history and culture
Nov 2019 • Solo
Although there are half a dozen house museums in Bangkok, all of them worth visiting, the house of mid-20th century Thai prime minister and major cultural figure MR Kukrit Pramoj was my favorite, due to the authentic, vivid insight it gave me into the 20th century mind and soul of Thailand at the highest level, and in a way readily comprehensible to a Westerner. When I visited the house, I had a good fortune to meet there the former owner's son, an artist educated in the US (if I remember correctly, he mentioned Brandeis, and definitely postgraduate degree at Yale), a generous host, a kind owner of several sedate dogs who roam around, and gregarious raconteur of historic anecdotes related to the family and house. Other reviews on this website describe the house fairly accurately, so I will not repeat specific details - however, I just have to say: if you truly wish to delve deeper into the spirit and culture of Thailand at the mid-20th century interface with the West, a detailed look at this house filled with its former owner's large collection of curiosities, items of genteel Thai everyday life in the 20th century, decorative art and gardens, a visit to this house is a must. I spent almost an entire day here talking hundreds of photos (which I am finally having time to sort out now, seven months later, wishing I were back in Bangkok), since I found everything about the house fascinating. At the end of my visit, I sat peacefully by the large natural pond by the house, which becomes alive with enormous leaping catfish if you throw in it some fish food kept in the gazebo by Mr. Kukrit, the original owner's son. Upon return to the US, I also read two novels by MR Kukrit Pramoj, the sprawling multigenerational Thai saga Four Reigns, and Many Lives. a collection of portraits from various spheres of Thai life circa 70 years ago loosely centered around a boat accident in which many very different people converge to meet their end. Getting acquainted with MR Kukrit Pramoj's heritage, in the form of his home and writings, was one of my most valuable experiences while traveling in Southeast Asia.
Written June 4, 2020
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Yao H
28 contributions
Charming delightful architecture
Jan 2020
Charming delightful architecture - wooden houses, garden and ponds - from the hustle bustle of Bangkok City. There are also a number of Thai art pieces and antiques.
Written February 2, 2020
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N W
35 contributions
Hidden delights
Feb 2019
This is the home of one of the former prime ministers of Thailand. Hidden away among the high rise buildings, it was a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. There is a small entrance fee of 50 Bhat. If you are interested in architecture and Thai culture, perhaps this place will intrigue you. The collection of antiques was enticing.
Written December 27, 2019
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naomiheredia
Bangalore District, India46 contributions
Charming Historic House & Garden
Nov 2019 • Family
Soi Suan Phlu has always been one of our favourite streets in Bangkok, and we were excited to walk down a small side street and come on the lovingly maintained home of M R Kukrit, an important personality in Thailand's history who occupied many high posts in government, including that of Prime Minister.

His home is entirely crafted of wood and reflects his love of Thai art and culture in every nook and cranny. His artistic eye contributed the magically laid out garden with lotus ponds, and even a pet cemetery. It was heartwarming to see beloved pets remembered with small statues and inscriptions. Bonsai trees in priceless pots, beautiful statues, paintings and artifacts speak of a personality of great taste and a sense of history.

More than anything else, what shone out was a man of intelligence and humour, a man who loved his friends and his family, not to speak of his greatly loved dogs. I am so glad that we got to make this journey back into an age of nobility and graciousness.
Written November 28, 2019
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Kunal B
Port Louis27 contributions
Peaceful Haven
Nov 2019
A peaceful haven amidst the skyscrapers of Bangkok city. The house is quite old and some parts are in damaged state but its is nice to spend some time there. The pond has much algae growth but the garden is well kept. the Kwan Yin shrine is beautiful. It has a lotus pond with some fish.
Written November 25, 2019
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StevenG
7 contributions
Calm spot to observe and relax
Nov 2019
I came here to see some Thai history and relax. The staff were very relaxed and I wandered around, following the complimentary map. I enjoyed reading for about 30 minutes in a shady pavilion - a perfect break from the Bangkok heat.
Written November 24, 2019
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BamP
France74 contributions
50/50
Nov 2019
I went to M.R. Kukrit’s home probably expecting too much. Although the tour gives a nice view of some great Thai wooden homes and way of living, that is about all you get. The staff is clearly uninterested (more absorbed by movie streaming on cell phone, and not even responding to greetings). For 50 THB entry fee, you get a few Khon masks on display, a small garden (Khmer style !?), a very green pond, lots of artefacts from Mr Kukrit’s. The houses and gardens are surrounded by high-rise buildings which gives this place an atmosphere of tranquility. Time spent: about an hour (trying to cool down, as it was around noon). I enjoyed Jim Thomson’s house much more. If you’re not in the neighborhood, maybe not worth the effort and sweat...
Written November 15, 2019
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yosupavee
Samut Prakan, Thailand13 contributions
Antique house
Aug 2019 • Friends
I went there in the afternoon after coffee time. Good place to go for walk. Calmly and peacefully. 50Bath for entrance fees. No guidance. Far from Chong nonsi BTS station approx 10 minutes.
Written August 20, 2019
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429Happy
Chichester, UK3,317 contributions
Secret hideaway
Jun 2019 • Friends
The home of one of the former a Prime Minister this delightful group of buildings and gardens is secretly hidden away amongst the tall skyscrapers. We get to learn about this gentleman at close hand including his love of dogs which can still be seen today.
Written June 28, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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