It is difficult to describe the many achievements and talents of Mom Ratchawong Kukrit Promoj, a great grandson of King Rama II, in a limited space. A visit to his home will give you an insight into the life, tastes and achievements of the man who was the 13th Prime Minister of Thailand.
M.R. Kukrit was one of Thailands most interesting characters . He was a former Prime Minister who contributed significantly to the country’s politics as well as arts. He was a noted performer and choreographer of the traditional Thai Khon dance drama, writer of stories that have become Thai classics such as Phai Dang, founder, publisher and editor of the influential Siam Rath newspaper, actor with Marlon Brando in The Ugly American and founder of the Social Action political party, of which he was the leader when he served as Prime Minister from 1974 to 1975. He was a man of impeccable taste which is mirrored in Baan Kukrit his Bangkok home.
The house is set in beautiful tropical gardens with ponds. The architecture is in the Ayutthaya style constructed of teak wood. The main residence building is furnished with antiques such as a lion-leg bed that was used by King Rama II . The library holds books on many subjects, ranging from fiction to philosophy.
The residential complex comprises a group of 5 teakwood buildings of different sizes as well as a sitting-hall (Ho Nok) and Buddha image hall (Ho Phra), all built on posts with a connected balcony. There is a large traditional Thai stle pavilion situated separately from the living compound for various activities
There is a smaller house called Ho Kwang, which he used as a private retreat for relaxing and a Thai-style pavilion, with solid teak pillars and furnished in his impeccable taste.
How to get there: Located at 19 Soi Phra Phinit, Sathon Tai Road , also with access through Soi Narathiwat 7. Taking bus No.67, 22, get off at Soi Sathon 3 or take a bus no.77, get off at Narathiwatratjanakharin Road Soi 7, walk on for 150 meters. The nearest public transport is BTS Skytrain at Chong Nonsi Station.
Open Times : Weekends and public holidays from 10.00 am.-05.00 pm.
Admission fee : Adult 50 Baht (For those visiting in groups during weekdays, please write to Khun Atthaya Wongwichit at least 1 week in advance)
Tel : Tel. 0 2286 8185, 0 2287 2937-8 Fax: 0 2679 3630