Monday, August 19, 2013

Visit to Samchuk market

Hello everyone :)
Last week, my students and I went to Samchuk, a small city about 50 km from Lopburi (where I live). There's not much to do in Samchuk but there is a fabulous old market. Most shops haven't changed since the 1920's,  I think.
In 4 or 5 lanes, old shops follow one another and it's like visting Thailand 90 years ago but don't get me wrong, it's not a museum, people live and work there.
They were about to pull all these shops down to build a new market when one of the daughters of the King of Thailand, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, insisted that this market should be kept in its original state as a testimony for the future generation.
I wanted to share some of the pictures I took there. Since I like to work on my project from real pictures, these will be very helpful.
Let's start with the pharmacy where a lovely Thai old woman explained this pharmacy had been opened by her grandfather.

Like in most Chinese shops, the ancestors'photographs are on display on the walls, from left to right, the woman's Chinese grand parents, her father and her late husband.

The different pots and jars contain  herbs and powders

I don't know what this strange tool was used for, maybe to cut herbs..
On the counter, the scale she uses to weigh plants and an abacus which are still often seen in old Chinese shops.
Each drawers contain plants that are still used in Chinese medicine. The pharmacist will weigh each plant and prepare the remedies.
Funny figure of a Chinese athlete in porcelain, very sexy! Was it for advertising? Lovely basket on the counter.

Another shop was the hairdresser's. It was early morning, so the owner wasn't very busy.

and the photographer's shop was incredible with tens of black and white pictures of Thai Chinese families.

The fashion shop.....
The....(I don't know the name in English, sorry!) We would say "le bazar" in French

The tailor's. The owner was sleeping on the left side in the wooden chair. Time had stopped there....

The clock shop, they also sold lamps

All these shops are sheltered in wooden buildings. Owners told me they often live upstairs with their families.
Friendly Thai shopowners posed in front of their food stall. Smoked meat I guess.
That's all for today! I hope you've enjoyed these pictures of an aspect of Thailand that I like


  1. Bonjour Patrick
    Merci pour ces quelques clichés. J'adore toutes ses anciennes boutiques malheureusement, nous n'avons plus çà en France. Dans mon village il y avait une droguerie très ancienne mais depuis que la propriétaire est décédée personne n'a repris la suite et une boutique moderne est venue l'a remplacé. J'aime le modernisme mais j'ai également un faible pour les boutiques avec une âme. Bonne journée.

  2. Hello Patrick,
    you really take wonderful pictures. I love the architecture and the way the stores are set up. It feels very much like stepping back in time a bit, especially the pharmacy with that great apothecary wall.
    Big hug,

  3. Merci pour toutes ces photos ,j'adore toutes ces photos d'échoppes .On dirait qu'une futur pharmacie thaïlandaise est en train de mûrir ? Je n'ai pas eu l'occasion d'en voir une en vrai pendant notre voyage en Thaïlande mais j'en ai vu d'autres .

  4. Hello Patrick! Thank you for sharing the pictures. It's very easy to see where you get your inspiration for your fantastic miniatures... Fortunatelly the old market has not been demolished. Take care!

  5. Hello Patrick! What a delightful tour of Thailand and the variety of the shop interiors. There is an abundance of character and so much history within the confines of each one. Just think of all the fabulous stories in each of those photographs! I use to go to a Chinese Herbalist and so I am totally in sync with your reference to the containers of herbs that they weigh out for the prescriptions. Such a fascinating culture and so much to learn. Thank you for sharing this mini tour.

    p.s. I like your new blog name and header of your wonderful tailor's shop! Love

  6. Hi Patrick
    those photos are great,it's almost like being there.