12 Maret 2012

Uncover Siam’s Resplendent Priministerial Palace at Sathorn’s M.R. Kukrit's Home

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Sprawled across two acres, M.R. Kukrit's Home just may be Sathorn’s best kept architectural secret. As the resplendent residence of the country’s Prime Minister M.R. Kukrit Pramoj from 1974 to 1975 the breathtaking edifice is a living testament to the artistic prowess of its chief resident who is also its name sake. Having taken nearly two decades to complete the home is in fact a combination of five traditional Thai houses that were brought to Sathorn from the central plains of the country. Elevated on stilts this museum cum architectural icon is in fact five separate one-room teak homes linked by a scenic open veranda that is typical of Thai style residence. With an open plan first floor the home also contains an auditorium or public hall for state functions that is located a short distance away from the main house. The two sections are in turn connected by a walled-in garden creating a singular space that flows seamlessly from one quarter to another.

Some of the traditional Thai houses combined to create M.R. Kukrit's Home are well over a century in age and were acquired at different periods of time from various corners of Thailand before being reassembled in the current location with the use of wooden joints and without the aid of a single nail. Highlights include the raised platform used for Khon Dance performances with elaborate masks decorating the shelves in the backdrop. Stunning paintings by Silapkorn University of Fine Arts students is framed right above while the area also contains a Chinese alter gifted by former Chinese leader, Deng Xiaoping. Ancient cabinets containing centuries old Buddhist scriptures from the early Rattanakosin era are also found within the premises as are areas decked with pictorial tributes highlighting the illustrious life and times of M.R.Kukrit Pramoj. Sitting rooms, a reading room, plush bedrooms, living area and an elegant dining room are all part of the premises which also boasts two vases gifted to the Prime Minister by Chairman Mao.

The beautifully landscaped garden boasts an extensive collection of miniature trees known as Mai Dat while a miniature mountain also decorates the veranda. A western garden is found in the rear of the house with fragrant shrubs and an expansive lawn encircled by trees as its centre.

Travellers in search of a luxury Bangkok hotel will be hard-pressed to find a finer alternative to Anantara Bangkok Sathorn. Ideally located in the heart of the Thai capital within minutes of the city’s commercial centre this stylish rest is one of the most conveniently located luxury hotels Bangkok has to offer.