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Baan Silapin Artist's House
Type: Art & Culture, Free Attractions
Baan Silapin Artist's House is an old wooden home that sits on the Klong Bang Luang canal, which is home to a small floating market. The community here, a traditional old Thai group of canal homes,... Read More
Baan Silapin Artist's House is an old wooden home that sits on the Klong Bang Luang canal, which is home to a small floating market. The community here, a traditional old Thai group of canal homes, has gotten together to keep its young people away from trouble and keep the tradition of local performing arts surviving, by teaching Thai puppetry and getting the young folks to become performers and pass on the lineage. Every afternoon at 2 pm (some days there are no performances as the puppeteers get hired out, so call ahead), there are traditional handcrafted puppet shows, with 3 puppeteers pulling the strings to control one lifelike marionette puppet, enacting Thai folktales and scenes from the Ramayana. Entry is free, it is all about community and art, but donations are encouraged. The house itself is worth a wander, and there are plenty of homemade art projects from paintings to books, along with fantastic local food for sale, all going to a great cause.
- Free Things to Do: "The best way to get here is to take the BTS Skytrain to its last stop in Thonburi, Bang Wa, and grab a taxi from here, and tell them you are going to either Baan Silapin, Talat Nam Klong Bang Luang (the canal market), or Wat Kuhasawan (the main temple right by the canal); they ought to know at least one of these, and locals can help with the rest."
- Best for Free Things to Do Because: For outstanding traditional Thai arts in a great setting, Baan Silapin is highly worth a visit.