History & Heritage

Despite Frigid Relations, Norway Returns Chinese Relics

Seven marble columns from the Old Summer Palace in Beijing, acquired more than a century ago by a former Norwegian cavalry officer who had settled in China, are set to return home this fall under an agreement between a Norwegian museum and a Chinese businessman. The columns are part of a 2,500-piece collection of Chinese…

American Consul, Carl C. Hansen – a respected Danish Doctor in Siam

We have detailed information about many of the Danes who lived in old Siam; either because they wrote themselves or because other people wrote about them. Andreas Richelieu and Captain Sølling, for example, guide us, with admiration, into the life of Consul Købke, back in the 1870’s. Detailed or just controllable knowledge is sparse regarding…

New eBook shows Danish Graves in Thailand

“Danish Graves in Thailand” is an eBook published by the Heritage Section of the Scandinavian Society Siam. It presents the status of the currently 68 Danish grave that have been selected for the ongoing maintenance and restoration project supported by EAC’s Public Fund, Asia House, India Quay, Copenhagen. The book is authored by Flemming Winther…

Lieutenant–Colonel August Theodor Frederic Kolls (1867 -1911)

Feared as a drillmaster, admired for his courage and determination. For many years the most prominent relic on the desk of Colonel August Kolls was the polished skull of Ai Muang, the bandit and robber chief. He had been caught by Kolls, sentenced to death, and immediately beheaded by the executioner. After dark the ordinary…

First Private Museum

Denmark’s Consul General to Thailand, Mr. Anders Normann has established Thailand’s first privately owned museum in a building he bought in the late 1990’s just off the deep end of Silom Road in Bangkok. This building has been transformed into Thailand’s most exclusive boutique spa, the Nicolie Wellness Center using only the highest quality of…