art has been produced in Thailand since the birth of the nation, while
the Kingdom's neighbor has a similar rich tradition of creating exquisite
artworks. Modern art also flourishes today and both the collector and
the occasional shopper will discover plenty to catch the eye. Besides
that, Thai, Chinese, Burmese, and Khmer antiques are further excellent
buys. If you spend the time to look around and shop wisely, it is possible
to find items of museum quality. However, there is an export ban on certain
pieces, while some others require an export license. But any reputable
dealer will advise on restrictions and necessary documentation.
are many quality antique shops around Bangkok, but the greatest concentration
is found at River City Shopping Complex on New Road, where there is also
an antique auction on the first Saturday of every month.
The Thai art scene is vibrant
and there are numerous shops offering original works by local artists.
Subjects range from renderings of classical temple murals and manuscript
paintings to landscapes, typical Thai scenes and contemporary works of
high aesthetic value. Art lovers should also remember that local framing
is inexpensive and of high quality. In addition to those art galleries
around Bangkok, exhibitions are held regularly at various leading hotels
and other notable venues.
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