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“A bit disappointing”

The Museum of Floral Culture
Ranked #180 of 530 things to do in Bangkok
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Owner description: Created by Sakul Intakul, an internationally-renowned Thai floral artist, The Museum of Floral Culture is Bangkok’s new tourist’s attraction especially developed for those who love floral arts and those who are interested in Thai art and culture with special focus on Thai floral culture which is an important part of the Thai way of life. The Museum of Floral Culture also exhibits important floral cultures from civilizations across Asia such as India, China, Japan, Laos, and Bali in Indonesia. In the exhibits, we employ photographs, artifacts, tools and equipments—used in the creation of floral arts—along with fresh flowers to tell the stories. We would not want to be misleading, but please kindly note not to expect extravagant floral displays as you would see in a flower show. The Museum of Floral Culture is located in the quiet residential area of Dusit District. Built in the reign of King Rama VI, The Museum of Floral Culture is a beautifully preserved 100-year-old teak mansion of colonial architecture, covering the total ground of 1,800 square meters of an impeccably-landscaped Thai-meets-Zen-style garden.There's a little tea shop as part of the museum, and you will definitely want to stop in for a pot of tea and Asian sweets after your tour.

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“A bit disappointing”
Reviewed January 23, 2014

It is a long but quite interesting trip out to this place. The house is very nice and the garden pleasant. We had a guide who was enthusiastic enough but a bit difficult to understand. The exhibits were, strangely, mostly plastic replicas of floral designs and essentially there are only 5 or so rooms to look in.
Quite interesting about the connections between various Asian countries in terms of flower design and ceremonial use but in general lacked the wow factor. We understand that large and plentiful real flower displays are a cost to the museum but there were no more than 40/50 single blooms in the whole place.
Ok if you are out this way, but as flower enthusiasts we found the overall impact rather dull. Shame!

Visited January 2014
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Half Moon Bay, California
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“a tucked-away gem that is both educational and enjoyable”
Reviewed July 13, 2013

I did not have high expectations for this museum as I am not someone terribly interested in flowers. However the founder and proprietor has created a wonderful oasis in a 100 year old teak house that showcases the use of flowers in art from ancient times to the present throughout Asia. He traces art using flowers from India, China, Japan, Tibet, as well as Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. There is a small restaurant on the verandah offering a large selection of teas and Thai 'kanom'.

Visited July 2013
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Perth, Australia
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“Quite interesting - worth a look”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

Yes, it was a long way from our hotel in Riverside area and is quite hidden away in a residential back-street. However, it's a sweet and gentle place to spend a couple of hours. Our guide spoke quite good English and went to pains to explain everything. He was very proud and enthusiastic about the floral art and rightly so. It's a painstaking and culturally important art in Thailand and something I had never really noticed before. Who would have thought that deconstructing a flower and putting it back together again in a work of art could be so beautiful? I really was very impressed by the techniques involved and by the displays. We met Mr Sakut Inthakul who explained a little more of some of his displays. The museum itself is a teak house with a small garden surrounding it, so it's not a huge place. There were a few other people there on the day we visited, but not many. After our tour, we had tea and delicious Thai cakes. It was a lovely experience and we both enjoyed it. Please note that it's more a tribute to the art of floral displays than a display of floral art. I believe that it is an important tribute. I would not take children there as they'd be bored and go crazy.

Visited June 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Not that exciting”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

Was expecting to be inspired by beautiful arrangements and to learn more about the flowers used but exhibits were minimal and it was very hard to understand our guide so more simple labels would have been useful. Took AGES to get there (from Embassy area).

Visited July 2013
2 Thank McPegasus74
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Bangkok, Thailand
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“Passionate Floral Cultural- Worth Checking out”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

Definitely worth checking out if you appreciate a bit of culture, floral arts, a beautifully preserved 1900’s tropical villa, a bit of adventure into the midst of old Bangkok and super passionate hosts who give you an in-depth run down on Asia’s floral arts. I’d describe the museum as a combination of living displays and preserved artefacts all presented very beautifully in a characterful setting. The founder of the Museum is Sakul Intakul and if your there over the weekend he might even sign one of his colourful books showing how he has reinvented Thai Floral arrangements in his own style. The tea set and multi-cultural sweets are a nice way to finish the tour giving you some time to sit on the front balcony while absorbing the historical setting.

Visited May 2013
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