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