A story about silk

by Berckmans Peter August. 06, 2018 480 views

We revisited some places in Bangkok, there we had a young girl travelling with us ,who had not been in Thailand yet. No problem for me, I love the country and like to tell about it and the people.

One of the first places was the Jim Thompson House. Jim Thompson born on 21 march 1906 in Greenville USA, came to Thailand during WWII and fell in love with the country. After the war (1945) he came to live in Thailand and his lifestory is a bit like a book. The boss of the forerunner of the CIA, a parttime spy, former architect, art lover and collector.

That time the silk trade almost died out, his parents where in textile and he saw a change. In 1948 he started the Thai Silk Compagny and the story was a success. It is still running today.He disapeared in 1967 on his holiday in the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia and is still missing today. Many stories go around but the most common is , competition took him out.

Also he started collecting art and antiques of Thailand,in one way to save them and everybody who showed an intrest in the history and art of the country was welcome in his house. The house is a combination of about seven traditional houses and as an architect it was no problem to make them in something wonderfull. I find it one of the most beautifull houses in Bangkok. You can not take pictures inside, only the outside and the garden wich covers a lot of the house so you don't see it completly.

One of the main tourist attraction in Bangkok and nowadays much to busy. So I try to give an impression of the place in details that show his excellent taste in art and a bit of the silk.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 1 month ago

Great set and fascinating story!
Nice to have you back ...

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 1 month ago

Happy to be back. Glad you are still here

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Heike 2 years, 1 month ago

Really beautiful photos, Peter. My Favs are #4, #9, #10.
What is it in #4, Flowers or Silk, or ... ???

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Heike 2 years, 1 month ago

That are tiny flowers in #4

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Antonio Gil 2 years, 1 month ago

Love the colours in #1, the always kind smile of Thai people in #9, and the peace of this house in an otherwise buzzing city .

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 1 month ago

An oasis in a city of millions.

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Andi Saw 2 years, 1 month ago
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Berckmans Peter Replied to Andi Saw 2 years, 1 month ago

Oh yes. It can happen in a year or 8 when I retire. First I help my daughter on her way in life. We have a house in Thailand, build it with my own hands and with help of the family. Maybe becoma a bit of a guide and show people how the real Thailand is.The country has a lot to offer.And also its people, they can be wonderfull if you respect their way of life.

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Andi Saw Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 1 month ago
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Berckmans Peter Replied to Andi Saw 2 years, 1 month ago

Not a bad idea,photoholidays

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Antonio Gil Replied to Andi Saw 2 years, 1 month ago

I'm in smile

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 1 month ago

No surprise there my friend

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