Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and is famous for antiques, arts and crafts, textiles and gems. Presenter Estelle Bingham unveils some of Bangkok’s best-kept secrets.
In quest for some more interesting arts and crafts Estelle ventures out of the city on a day trip to the Arts and Folk Crafts Centre, founded by Queen Sirikit in 1976.
Bangkok has taken a pivotal role in the lucrative trade of Asian antiques. Estelle discovers some true ancient wonders as well as some excellent reproductions. Temple woodcarvings are very popular and most antiques or reproductions are of Buddhist or Hindu icons. Religious symbols are also a part of everyday life in Thailand and Estelle shops for a religious symbol known as amulets with a local taxi driver