The Museum of Floral Culture
a recent addition to the growing list of Bangkok museums
The Museum of Floral Culture is quite a recent addition to the growing list of Bangkok museums. Occupying the two floors of a beautiful 100 year old house and surrounded by a superb garden, this museum is dedicated to the history and techniques of floral arrangements in wedding or religious ceremonies, official occasions and royal events, the complexity of which is too often unsuspected and beauty overlooked.
The museum was created by Thai floral artist Sakul Intakul who proudly displays a large collection of rare photography, drawings and personal creations used and exhibited not only in Thailand but overseas in many renowned international events such as European movie festivals.
Twice a day, a guide walks you from room to room, describing each photo, arrangement, bouquet, carving, painting or artefact on display with remarkable detail and in excellent English. Several rooms focus on the importance of a balanced relationship between humans and nature, as well as the variety of floral cultures in many Asian civilisations – particularly in India, Bali, China and, of course, in Japan with the very famous Ikebana flower arrangements. Among the most attractive pieces are intricate suspensions made of Dok Rak flowers (Dok Rak means Love Flower, called this way for it heart shape), and miniature decorations of jasmine and lotus flowers; their leaves and petals so delicately folded it takes a magnifying lens to appreciate the skilled craftsmanship.
The tour takes about an hour and no photos are permitted inside the house. In the garden, you can admire many surprising and beautiful trees and plants, many of which are obviously used for floral decoration. Once done with the visit, don't miss a chance to try the very relaxing tea at Dok Mai Salon du Thé on the garden veranda serving a selection of nine speciality teas with floral notes, picked by Sakul Intakul himself. To accompany the delicate infusions you should absolutely try the set of six traditional Thai sweets (240 baht). Not only do they look cute but they taste really good, maybe a little surprising at first if you are not familiar with Thai sweets but perfect to fit the romantic atmosphere of this classic house.
- Opening Hours: From Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00am to 6.00pm
- Location: 315 Samsen Rd. Soi 28, Yaek Ongkarak 13
- Tel: Tel. +66 (0) 2669 3633-4
- Price Range: 150 baht for adults and 75 baht for children, inclusive of a guided tour.
- How to get there: By Car: From Samsen Road Soi 28, turn left at Yaek Soi Ongkarak 13. The Museum of Floral Culture is about 30 meters away on the right. By Boat: From Sathorn Pier (Saphan Thaksin BTS station), travel to The Museum of Floral Culture only on the Orange Flag Chao Phraya Express Boat. Get off at Payap Pier (N18). Then turn into Samsen Road Soi 28