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Potters of Koh Kret – Talented Craftsmen of Thailand
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The history of pottery can be traced back centuries and the oldest evidence of its existence was found at the Xianrendong Cave in the Republic of China. Archaeologists continue to discover such evidence across the globe indicating its popularity worldwide. However, due to the use of fire and also considering the lengthy period of time necessary for shaping the clay, archaeological evidence indicates that pottery came into existence subsequent to humankind achieving a sedentary life. This, in combination with the discovery of fire lead to the development of pottery with potters creating vessels using a variety of techniques such as hand shaping, firing, glazing and later on, kilns. Through such methods, different varieties of pottery such as earthenware, stoneware and porcelain were created.

The island of Ko Kret located in the vicinity of Bangkok Thailand is well known for pottery. Located on the Chao Phraya River, tourists and travellers can enjoy examining the various styles and different types of pottery at the Museum of Kwan Aman Pottery. This museum is home to a collection of Mon design ceramics, which are ancient and considered quite valuable as the Mon people were considered to be talented potters. The museum itself is open from 9am to 5pm daily and is definitely worth a visit for it provides an intriguing insight into an integral component of the lifestyle of the locals. For those who choose to visit the Assembly of Pottery Craft a demonstration of how these creations are made awaits them and tourists will also have the convenient opportunity to purchase such vessels as souvenirs or to give as gifts once they return.

Those who wish to visit the village can opt for a Bangkok cruise tour, namely the Chao Phraya Express on Sundays for the price of just three hundred baht. Such Bangkok cruises allow tourists to visit villages such as Ko Kret with minimum hassle and conveniently. Given the cultural diversity and rich heritage the Thai are privy to, the country is filled to the brim with exciting and intriguing landmarks and places of interest. Ensure that you soak in the local culture by opting for Anantara Cruises that provides tourists with the opportunity to mingle with the locals and see the sights both conveniently and comfortably.

 

Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry.

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