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Ban Krua Nua at Bangkok

  • Country : Thailand
  • City : Bangkok
  • Description :

    The 1950s and ’60s were boom years for Baan Khrua after American Jim Thompson hired the weavers and began exporting their silks across the globe. The last 50 years, however, haven’t been so great. Silk production was moved elsewhere following Thompson’s disappearance, and the community spent 15 years successfully fighting to stop a freeway being built right through it. Through all this, many Muslims moved out of the area; today it is estimated that only about 30% of the population is Muslim, the rest being primarily immigrants from northeast Thailand.

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