Saturday, October 11, 2014

Cabbage Garden Palace Museum Visit

Sister Meeker and I along with two other Senior Missionary Couples took the opportunity on a recent Preparation Day to visit the Cabbage Palace Museum (วังสวนผักกาดพิพิธภัณฑ์) here in Bangkok. 
The Suan Pakkad Palace is the first museum in Thailand where the owner, their Royal Highnesses Prince (Cousin to the Current King) and Princess Chumbhot of Nagara Svarga, decided to convert their private residence into a Museum.  The Museum home built in the traditional Thai style opened in 1952 , is located only two airport link stops away from our Condo.  It contains their Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Chumbhot of Nagara Svarga's collection of antiquities, which has been passed down through successive generations. The Suan Pakkad Palace is a combination of fine arts and ancient artifacts from the era of H.R.H. Prince Paribatra Sukhumbandhu, son of His Majesty King Chulalongkorn, Rama V and Her Majesty Queen Sukhumala Marasri.
      There are groups of 4 traditional Thai houses with the covered hallway between them. Houses 5 to 8 are located along the west side of the property. The Lacquer Pavilion stands in the main garden to the south of the compound. The Ban-Chiang Museum [Thai Heritage] and Marsi Gallery are in the Chumbhot-Pantip Centre of Arts
It was a fun experience to see the traditional Thai houses and share them with my Wife and the the other two couple missionaries who do not know much about Thailand.  Many of the things there were very beautiful and others were very old.  They did not allow photography inside any of the structures, so the lack any inside pictures must be to entice you to come see for yourself.
Note they asked us to take our shoes off for most of the tour

A very large hornet's nest in the tree about eye level a few feet from the walkway

Sister Meeker wanted to make sure Chelli saw this collection of arrow heads or stone tools
Elder and Sister Seppi with the portable complimentary Air conditioning from the Museum (hand fans)

Sister and Elder Meeker in front of one of the former royal barges

Still looking pretty good

The Beautiful Sister Meeker

Sister and Elder Meeker, Sister and Elder Seppi, and Sister and Elder Smith
For this final picture - note the contrast - the old original Thai homes with the modern 85-story, 304 m (997 ft) skyscraper in the background. It is the tallest building in Bangkok, and comprises the Baiyoke Sky Hotel, the tallest hotel in Southeast Asia and the seventh-tallest all-hotel structure in the world.  There is a restaurant near the top where the completing Missionaries like to go to for their next to last dinner in Thailand.  It is all you can eat buffet.

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