Koom Koon Paen
Koom Koon Paen is used to call the house of the rich people in Ayudhya reign. It is a kind of Thai house style built to match with the environment in Thailand.
At Srisanpetch Road.
How to travel
If the tourists use the route through Rojana Rd. passed Shrine of the City, the Koom Koon Paen is on the left hand before Pra Mongkol Borpit Temple.
The former owner of Koom Koon Paen was Major General Prajao Barom Wong Ter, Kromakhun Marupong Siripat, the former intendant of Ayudhya. He built this house in 1894 at Koh Loy near Klue brige and Hua Ror. Then, in year 1940, Preedee Panomyong has moved this house to where it is located now and named it Koom Koon Paen according to the Thai literature (Koon Chang Koon Paen). According to this Thai literature, it is stated that Koon Paen really had this kind of Thai house style. In year 1991, the Fine Arts Department cooperated with the Tourism Authority of Thailand to renovate this place such as change the roofing from palm to tiles, change the wood pole to concrete pole and made it a tourist attraction.
Antique Thai House Style
Koom Koon Paen has a high gable roof that helps extracting the heat and is also suitable for keeping the rain. Since it was situated in the river basin area, the floor was raised up (Thai house style) to avoid water during the flooding period. On the other hand, if the water is dry, they used the space under as a place for relaxation and a place for keeping their agricultural equipments.
Koom Koon Paen consisted of many houses which is called Hor. Each house is connected by the balcony. The major Hor is situated in the middle and surrounded by Hor Nung (sitting house), Hor Sai (left house), Hor Kwa (right house) and Hor Yai (big house). When the visitors arrive at the house, the first house that they will see is the sitting house, which is also used to welcome visitors. If the visitors are closely acquainted to the visitors, they can also use the main house to welcome their visitors. The left house and the right house are the bedrooms of sons and daughters of the owner. The big house is for the owner. In some houses, there are also Hor Pra (house for the Buddha image) in it.
Kitchen is mostly situated leeward since the ancient cooking style requires firewood in cooking, so the fume might annoyed the dwellers. Most Thai house during the ancient time does not have toilets since they believed that it is inauspicious and not suitable to put inside the house. There are many more intellects about the Thai house styles, the tourists can find more information according to their interest.