“Old things should be thrown away… many people believe so. In this modern society we move at such a fast pace, throwing away old things without hesitation thus creating a whole bunch of trash. Most importantly, without us knowing, important history with sentimental value, stories and memories, cultures and traditions that once were so meaningful are gradually disappearing as time goes by.”
”As collectors, we like to keep and preserve items of importance and we hate seeing them being destroyed or forgotten as they can tell so many stories. We want the younger generations to know who Mon people are and were, what an oxcart is, how grandma used to weave before the emergence the industrial revolution, how our great-grandpa spent days to extract milk from a coconut so that the family could enjoy making coconut dessert together. Small examples like these help paint yesterday’s picture today.”
At The Antique Riverside, thousands of wooden collections were turned into antique houses to reflect the three seamlessly combined cultures of Thai, Chinese, and Mon along the Mae Klong River. Then everything was tied together with countless antique items.
To us, The Antique Riverside is more than just a place. It is our whole world. It allows us to do what we love every day. Isn’t that all we ask for in life?
Collecting can ground you in the present while giving you a sense of the past. We are looking forward to collecting a lot of wonderful memories with you, our dear guests.
“To achieve our goals, we engage closely with the local community by offering long-term employment opportunities and by buying locally made products to support the local economy. We want to grow strongly along side the local community. We have always remained faithful to our philosophy of the traditional Thai ways, integrated with the Mon and Chinese culture that exists in this area as well.”
Although the ancient Mon people shaped the region of Southeast Asia very early on, many of their traditions have been lost throughout history. Dating back over 1000 years, this old civilization once held powerful positions culturally and politically in the region. Throughout history and still today, the Mon people have faced hardship and cruelty from others. However, they are not completely gone, as the influence of the Mon people remains in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, and other Buddhist-dominated areas of Southeast Asia. “