History

Picture taken from front view balcony of First Half-Timbered, Row House 80 years ago
Picture taken from front view balcony of First Half-Timbered,
Row House 80 years ago

Half-Timbered, Row House.

The half-timbered, row house located in front of the new hotel building was once belonged to Mr. Nor and Mrs. Boonyuang Chutima. The entrance of this house located on Thapae Road Soi 5 and there was a large space around the house with the long barn paralleled to the fence. Mr. Nor and Mrs. Boonyuang Chutima earned a living by selling rice from paddy farming.  The oxcart would unload rice and stored in the barn behind the house to be ready for sale.

Mrs. Boonyuang Chutima was a friend of Princess Dara Rasmi. Dara-ratsami who was a princess of Chiang Mai and Siam (later Thailand) and the daughter of King Inthawichayanon and Queen Thipkraisorn Rajadevi of Chiang Mai descended from the Chet Ton Dynasty.

Chutima's Family     Chutima's Family
Chutima's Family
Chutima's Family and a new Half-Timbered, Row House built in 1959
Chutima's Family and a new Half-Timbered,
Row House built in 1959

She was one of the princess consorts of Chulalongkorn, King Rama V of Siam and gave birth to one daughter by King Chulalongkorn, Princess Vimolnaka Nabisi. Princess Dara-ratsami normally stayed in Bangkok but when she came back to Chiang Mai for a visit, Mrs. Boonyuang would accompany her everywhere she went. Importantly, Princess Dara-ratsami was once visiting this Half-Timbered house.

Until 1951BC (2494 BE), the house was very much deteriorated. My father, Mr. Dharma, son of Mr. Nor and Mrs. Boonyuang Chutima and my mother, Mrs. Chanmed decided to demolish the house and the barn. They built a new small wooden house to stay temporarily. Later, the half-timbered, row house was rebuilt again and still stood until now.

Ms. Amara Chutima