This building houses Mr.Bunyong Lertnimtr's fabulous collection of Thai rare stones and ashtrays from all over the world. ... More
Thai Rare Stone & Ashtray Museum
This building houses Mr.Bunyong Lertnimtr's fabulous collection of Thai rare stones and ashtrays from all over the world. He also has a collection of Chinese paintings and matchbox labels. Bunyong's stone collection numbers about 100,000 but only 2,000 are on display at any one time. His ashtrays number 3,000. Bunyong, 65, is Vice-President of the International Rare Stone Association and figures his collection must be worth about THB10 million. He classifies the stones into three major categories: river, mountain and cave stones. Call for more details.
The place looks like it could do with a dust and better lighting, but for atmosphere and variety the place is a "must see" if you are near ChinaTown. As a Souvineer I bought a couple of, very tactile, white underground cave spheres that looked like turtle eggs, my local rock shop guessed were a type of Jade and well worth the 150Bht each.
This was a very interesting place. I saw it as I was walking towards the river to get a taxi. I stopped in out of curiosity because I had never been to a Rare Stone Museum. Well, for 100 baht, you can see all kinds of rocks. The rocks are cool looking and have unusual shapes. Many of the rocks look like other objects and the owner of the museum names the rocks like pieces of art. On the third floor, there is an ashtray collection as well as old Chinese movie posters, European and Thai cigarette cards, and lighters. Well worth checking out if you are interested in rocks or if you like looking at random stuff.
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