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BANGKOK, Feb. 22, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Bangkok is a city of contrasts that offers endless experiences for all tastes: from delicious street food to modern architecture, from ancient temples to vibrant art and culture. Among the many attractions that Bangkok has to offer, a must-see destination is the Jim Thompson House, recently voted one of Bangkok's Top 5 Attractions by TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice Award 2022.
Built by the American expatriate nicknamed the "King of Thai Silk" for reviving the traditional art of silk weaving in Thailand, the house offers visitors the chance to learn about Thai culture and traditions, purchase authentic Thai silk, and delve into the life of the enigmatic Jim Thompson. The house sits on the banks of one of Bangkok's oldest canals and is now the heart of the recently rejuvenated Jim Thompson Heritage Quarter, which also features a brand-new Museum of Man, a Home Furnishings Exhibition, an Icon Shop, Jim's Terrace and the Jim Thompson Art Center.
Jim Thompson, a former US military intelligence officer, moved to Thailand after World War II and dedicated himself to reviving the traditional Thai silk industry. His work earned him the nickname "King of Thai Silk". Thompson not only revived the art of silk weaving, but also placed Thai silk on the global fashion scene. He decided to settle in the center of Bangkok's silk district, Ban Khrua, and built his house, a traditional residential complex of teak structures amid jungle gardens. In the year 1967, Thompson mysteriously disappeared in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia. But the brand he created is still more alive than ever; his house and his personal collection ended up being turned into a museum.
After exploring the house, visitors can indulge their shopping addiction in the new Iconic Store, which offers a wide range of silk products: clothing, decorative items and accessories. The newly rejuvenated neighborhood is also home to the brand-new Museum of Man, a home furnishings exhibit, and a coffee shop: Jim's Terrace. Here diners can enjoy a menu of Thai tapas or choose from a variety of traditional dishes or innovative creations, all using premium local ingredients. The nearby Jim Thompson Art Center is a sanctuary for artists and cultural communities to engage in meaningful dialogue.
At the Jim Thompson House, a must-see attraction for anyone visiting the city, visitors can immerse themselves in Thailand's rich cultural heritage, the legacy of the Silk King, and shop.
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