Since 1932, a grop of businessmen and mielloware makers from Nakhon Si Thammarat have run “Thai Nakon”, a nielloware making shop near this old Bangkok quarter.
At the beginning , Thai Nakon shop produced items like cigar saskets, powder cases, picture frames, and silver trays. It also has been the purveyor to the Royal Household.
Nowadays, Thai Nakon meillowares still produces the product in traditional way. The shop is located on Prachthipatai Road close to Wat Tri Thotsathep.
Lion Head Making
Initiated by Chaiwat Boonshuprasert, the third generation leader and inheritor of lion dance group, “Luk Chao Poh Phraka” who experimented by making their own lion head instead of buying from markets.
In the beginning, the making depended on kinsman, whose experitse is kite making, designing and sculpting the bamboo frame.
Currently, Luk Chao Poh Phraka is a family enterprise. The lion head made here is distinct in its pattern, and would be decorated and restored to a graceful state for its time span, and is not for sale because it is believed, like cooking recipe, that its’ value would be decreased if it was imitated.
Photo by แฟนเพจคณะสิงโตและมังกรทองลูกเจ้าพระยา
Mahatthai Uthit Bridge
Mahatthai Uthit Bridge was built to honour Rama V and facilitate land traffice. However, the reign ended before the construction was completed. Mahatthai Uthit Bridge was designed with European influence and modern engineering.
The bas-relief of a women holding a child with a tuberose bouquet in the middle of the right railing, and another bas-relief of a man touching a boy’s shoulder to console him on the left railing were created to represent Thai people’s gratitude to theri king and their sorrow for the king’s death. Therefore, the Mahatthai bridge bears another name; “Saphan Rong Hai” (Mourning Bridge).
By the way, nearby you will notice a beautiful Golden Mount of Wat Saket. It’s another recommended attraction to visit in Bangkok. To learn more about the Golden Mount, click here to read our blog abut the site