Uncategorized

Tue 11 Nov 014

Garden at M.R. Kukrit Pramoj House

Garden at M.R. Kukrit Pramoj House

My main task for today was to apply for my Myanmar visa. The Embassy of Myanmar  was only a few Skytrain stops from my hotel, but I had put off going there as I was anticipating long lines and bureaucracy.

I arrived at the embassy around 9:00 a.m. to find a crowd of Thais and foreigners waiting for the doors to open. After two hours of waiting in line I submitted my forms, photos and passport, paid the fee, and left with my voucher in hand for a next-day pickup.

Nearby the embassy was the home of the late M.R. Kukrit Pramoj, a colorful figure in Thai politics, arts and letters. I decided to pay a visit, as I had no other plan for the day.

The son of a princely family, M.R. Kukrit served as Prime Minister in the 1970’s during a turbulent period in Southeast Asia. He was a staunch defender of democracy against a strong military known for frequently intervening in Thai politics, as well as an advocate for traditional Thai culture in the face of increasing Westernization. Until the end of his life he lived in his classical Thai teak house, surrounded by a peaceful garden.

Garden at M.R. Kukrit Pramoj House

Garden at M.R. Kukrit Pramoj House

M.R. Kukrit Pramoj House

M.R. Kukrit Pramoj House

Garden at M.R. Kukrit Pramoj House

Garden at M.R. Kukrit Pramoj House

Advertisements
Standard

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s