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The Kamthieng House Museum, Khamthieng or Khamthiang House Museum, Bangkok - A Museum of Lanna Ethnology
The Khamthiang House or Kamthieng House Museum is part of The Siam Society complex at 131 Soi 21, (Asoke) Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110, Thailand.
We visited this Bangkok museum of Lanna ethnology, AKA Lan-Na ethnology, in March 2008 and found a very interesting group of 19th century traditional Lan-Na or Lanna-Thai wooden buildings with authentic exhibits from the same era, many of which remain unchanged today in rural northern Thailand.
As an introduction we recommend that visitors watch the video presentation at the Khamthiang or Kamthieng House Museum ground floor exhibition area, "The Adventures of Tokto" the gecko, an animated house building programme that explains many of the traditional building techniques that went into building Lanna style housing like the Khamthiang House.
The Kamthieng House was commissioned by the great grand-daughter of the Prince of Mueang Chae, in Chiang Mai Province on the banks of the Ping River when Thailand was known as Siam by the outside world. To this day the Kamthieng or Khamthiang House remains one of the best examples of traditional northern Thai architecture with elements of the daily life shown in displays throughout the museum.
We would say that having been to quite a few museums in Thailand this ranks as one of the best Lanna cultural displays.
Nowhere else have we seen displays like the one that shows how to make 'Kaeng-Khae Kob' or Hot Frog Soup! A stew or ‘curry' made from fresh greens, coriander seed, lemongrass, galangal (a type of mild ginger), dried (large) chili pods, onion and garlic, together with fresh roasted frog (or toad) meat.
The spirits of the past three lady occupant / owners are said to remain within the Kamthieng or Khamthiang House: Mae Thao Khamdeang, Mae Saed and Mae Khamthiang, appearing in their traditional Lanna-Thai dress and warding off evil from the buildings.
Entry fee applies.
300m from Asok BTS station - 100m from Sukhumvit MRT station.
Open: Daily 0900 to 1700
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