Bangkok’s Hidden Treasures – the other side of Bangkok. A Talk by Eric Lim


Garlands made from scented powdered beads,
House of Perfume – Ko Sarn Chao


In this presentation we take a virtual journey to explore places of historical and cultural interest off the beaten track in Bangkok, some of which are right at the fringe of the city. From the rice fields of Nong Chok in eastern Bangkok to the Mahasawat Canal in Thawi Watthana to the west, we visit communities that are several centuries old to see how they have preserved their rich history, culture, festivals, language and traditions to this day. One community is insulated like an island in an urban sea as the residents maintain the way of life of their forefathers. Marvel at the skill of Thai craftsmen located deep in some humble soi, who have dedicated their lives to an art not for money or fame but for the love of their craft. Admire the efforts of one man to preserve in meticulous detail places in a bygone era more than half a century ago, places we are unlikely to see again. The people and places covered are: Nong Chok, Thai Soap Carver, Model Royal Barge Builder, Baan Kudichin, Ko Sarn Chao, Bang Kradi, House of Museums and Thawi Watthana. Please join me on this journey to discover some of Bangkok’s hidden treasures, the side of Bangkok that we rarely see.

Mr. Eric Lim graduated from the University of Singapore in Business Administration. After a career in the Singapore Armed Forces, he retired and has lived in Thailand since 2003. A year later, curious over some of the historical monuments in Bangkok, he started to explore the city to find out more about Bangkok’s heritage. The result is a historical travel website and online guide for independent travellers (https://www.tour-bangkok-legacies.com/). Later, he ventured out to the other provinces to write about them in a similar vein. His travel experiences are published in a monthly e-zine, Bangkok Travelbug. Eric has published two e-books, Tour Bangkok Legacies – new discoveries of old treasures and My Journey Through Thailand – Part I the First Steps, available in Kindle and Smashwords editions.

Date: Thursday, 25 October 2018
Time: 7.00 p.m.
Place: The Siam Society, 131 Asoke Montri Rd, Sukhumvit 21

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