Friday, 17 November 2017

Roadside Shrines


Scattered all over Bangkok are the shrines that people have made and they really are special. These are different from the shrines which are being deposited - Spirit House Graveyards.



This particular shrine is next to a bus stop where I live and it is looked after very well - every day.



There is always something more here.





Something very special about these places.



Thank you to the unnamed people who look after them all...




Saturday, 11 November 2017

Mariamman Temple


Sri Maha Mariamman Temple is also known as Maha Uma Devi Temple in Silom. This was a wonderful place tucked into the corner.


It is a Hindu Temple which was (I read) built by Hindu's who no longer wanted to live in India under colonial government so they left.



There are many reasons but this is a place that you really must visit.



However you must be aware that visiting here for the opportunity to take photographs is not permitted


Despite this the Hindu temple is worth visiting for the wonder the I felt when I walked in.


Remembering to buy my offering outside first of course though.


Here is a site with some photographs inside.






Sunday, 5 November 2017

Jim Thompson House



The importance of Jim Thompson in the silk trade is something that has been written about and is an interesting tale to be read.



The Jim Thompson House is a wonderful tale of History. In fact after all this time there are still unanswered questions regarding his life in Thailand.


The house was next to a oblong at at the end of a long road - which meant that it was very peaceful.  I waited for the tour group to leave - it was at this time that I learnt that we were not allowed to take photographs inside.


The tour itself was certainly very interesting to be told a lot of things about Jim Thompson's life in Thailand. A note to self - I may have purchased a book whilst I was there but I did not notice if there were any. 


I listened to the carefully rehearsed talk whilst looking at all the interesting things in the home - you really must make a visit if you find the culture and history of Thailand interesting.


The home was surrounded by carefully looked after gardens and a number of statues with links to Buddhism and culture.



Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 9:00-18:00 
Location: Soi Kasemsan (2) Song, opposite the National Stadium on Rama I Rd
Tel: 66 (0)2 216 7368 
Price Range: Adult 150 Baht. Students (under 22 years old) 100 Baht