He started collecting stuff since he was 18 years old.
The old man sits at his desk, wears his vintage glasses and starts reading the newspaper. His wrinkled face and the simplicity of his attire goes perfectly with the decor. Master Kung, 63 year-old, opened the door of his house – the KruKung museum – to the public in 2016.
“I am not much interested in the business, I just wanted to share my collection with the people, for us not to forget those objects that were so important in the past”, he says.
This former art teacher not only displays a ” bric-à-brac” of objects offered to him, found in bazaar or even in dustbins, but also antiques and art pieces made by himself. “Everything is now digitalised, we use mobiles, we dont remember the stuff that used to be so important for us in the past. The new generation can find them here, they can see how an old camera or local cuisine utensils used to look like for example.” Indeed, there is not much you’ll find about this museum online, the owner does not seem to be interested to be active on the social media neither. “It’s word-of-mouth”, he says.
“It’s quite rare to find an antique museum in Thailand” says our guide Tim from “Absolutely Fantastic Holidays” who translated our questions and the answers as Master Kung only speaks Thai. The entire house owned by him looks very much like a small village from the 50s.
Every single objects in the museum has been carefully displayed by Master Kung.
You start with the café, move to the hair dresser, the tailor’s shop and the garage before exploring the antique collection displayed on the first floor. As you take the wooden stairs dont forget to smile at the reproduction of the famous Mona Lisa painting. It’s also interesting to discover the traditional thai objects used by the locals in the daily life ; some of them look very much like the one we still use in India, especially the pottery.
The museum is situated in Klaeng in the Rayong Province, one hour is enough to explore the entire place and even enjoy a nice mocktail at its café. Far from the touristy places, the KruKung Museum brings some authenticity to our discoveries in Thailand and it is more than just a bric-à-brac. It’s the story of a passionate man, an artist and his wish to keep the past alive in our memories.