Bangkok in 1892

Bangkok in 1892 according to the French

From Bangkok in 1892, written by Messr. Lucien Fournereau. The graphics are engravings based on photographs.

Above: The French Consulate (now the Embassy of France) still situated at the same place near Assumption Catholic Church, Oriental Hotel, and East Asiatic (Thailand) Co. Ltd. (their old office).

Left: map of Bangkok

The French author had a very strong prejudice against the Anglo Saxon (British and German) influences in Bangkok such as products in the markets and the noisy British and German clubs. Even the Oriental Hotel could not escape criticism.

Right: Oriental Hotel

He said the trams were pulled by two ponies, with local passengers crammed in like sardines and laden with parcels, and baskets. Tram coaches were made from teak wood and were "deprived of windows." There were four seats for first class with pillows.

Left: A horse-drawn tram

The French author also made several criticisms about what he had seen in Bangkok before reaching the City Wall--canals turning into cesspools with blackish and stinky water and during the dry season floating corpses, Wat Saket crematorium ground full of scattered corpses accompanied by vultures and dogs and the choking smoke from burning corpses, narrow and dirty roads including New Road (Chareonkrung Road), boring life in Bangkok compared to Saigon, etc.

Right: Gate of Wat Saket

Even for the buildings within the City Wall that looked good, such as the Grand Palace, the author found criticisms to make (very hot grounds, full of scattered old buildings, and so on).

The French author concluded that Bangkok and Siam would be in much better shape if French colonialists spread their influence into Siam.

Left: New Road (Chareonkrung Road)

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