Monday, January 26, 2009

Bangkok, Day #3

We started our morning visiting the Jim Thompson House Museum. The Jim Thompson House was the home of James H.W. Thompson, a self-made American entrepreneur who was the founder of the world renowned Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company. Thompson's achievements during his 25 year stay in the Kingdom of Thailand have won him much fame as the "Legendary American of Thailand". The house consists of a complex of six traditional Thai-style houses, teak structures that were purchased from several owners and brought to the present location from various parts of Thailand. Construction of the Thai house was completed in 1959.

Ethan was a bit fussy during the tour so Joel took him outside. When Evie and I met up with them Joel was super relaxed and pointed to Ethan who was obviously having a good time and being well taken care of by the staff.

Ethan was having so much fun I took the opportunity to walk around the grounds and take a few photos. This is a picture of the Main Living Room.

When I came around the backside of the house and Ethan was looking out into the garden. It was cute to see him having a good time.

This is a shrine located in the garden behind the house. I thought it was interesting to find out that the shrine was positioned to never fall in the shadow of the house. If it were to fall in the shadow of the house the belief is the house would be considered more powerful and more important than their god.

Waiting at the river boat taxi stand

There is Evie - standing by the fuel tanks on the river boat taxi...bad parents!

We stopped at the Bo Ba clothing market in hopes of finding cheap designer clothing but didn't have any luck.

We took the river boat taxi to the Golden Mount Temple

The sounds of the temple were of bells ringing. Everyone that walked up the stairs walked by and rang each bell as they proceeded to the next flight of stairs.

A view of the city from the top of the temple.

We stopped at Kaho Sam Street to have lunch and do some shopping before heading to the Grand Palace.

We were all pretty tired by the time we got to the palace. Here is Ethan, totally sacked. Joel maybe not too far behind him.

For just about 150 years, Bangkok's Grand Palace was not only the home of the King and his court, but also the entire administrative seat of government. Within the crenelated walls were the country's war ministry, state departments, and even the mint. Thai Kings stopped living in the palace full time around the turn of the twentieth century, but the complex remains the seat of power and spiritual heart of the Thai kingdom.

The changing of the guards.

We took water taxi to the sky train back to our hotel. The city is such a mix of old and new.

Evie standing by the fuel tanks video...

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