Inside the naturally-lit lobby of 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok, a gigantic artwork by Thai National Artist of the Year 2014 Panya Vijinthanasarn stops you in your tacks. Titled ‘Auspicious Path’, the oversize oeuvre is a colourful representation of the Tribhumi (Three Planes of Existence), the three worlds of karmic cycles and rebirths in the Theravada Buddhist Cosmology. Paintings and sculptures by other well-known local artists dot the public areas and rooms, signalling your arrival in this vibrant city and a luxury boutique hotel that takes art seriously.
Now a new creative initiative inspires a deeper exploration and a more intimate participation in the Bangkok art scene with the Private Art Tour by 137 Pillars. The tour is the first of its kind in the city and is exclusively curated by Bangkok’s top art guru Panu Boonpipattanapong (Eddie) for the hotel. It invites guests with a heart for art to dive deeper into the local art scene with special access to locations most travellers never see. Tours are conducted privately for a couple, or up to four persons maximum if joining with friends. The tours are also available for non-hotel guests, subject to availability.
Each tour is created in accordance with the couple or group’s individual and specific interests in art, whether abstract, classical, etc.
Art is not about trends or fashions, but how we value and interpret each artists’ work and the stories and thoughts behind them. Bangkok’s art scene is a unique multi-hued palette of the different movements, bouncing from Expressionism to Abstract, Conceptual, Pop Art and much more, that attracts both local as well as renowned artists. The Private Art Tour by 137 Pillars opens the door to another fascinating dimension of the city.
From collectors in search of their next masterpiece, newbies wanting to take the plunge, or tourists looking for an invaluable insight into the local art scene, The Private Art Tour by 137 Pillars is suitable for anyone with an interest in the fine arts.
A respected columnist and author on the intersection of art, design, film, and popular culture, art guru Eddie accompanies guests on the tour giving them valuable information and insights about the artists and their works. The experience includes private visits to the homes of artists and collectors, galleries, fun workshops at select locations around the city, and a gourmet 137 Pillars picnic basket to enjoy en-route. No tour is the same as each one is specially curated to ensure access to the best of the best on the date of booking.
The private visits to the ateliers and personal meetings with significant art players, in addition to art guru Eddie’s unique take on the city’s art scene will not only leave guests wanting more, but also create a lifetime of memories. Most recently added to the list of galleries for guests and visitors on the private tour is world renown designer and architect, Bill Bensley’s exclusive OUTSIDER Gallery following his recent foray into the art world which is his latest passion. Bill’s bold and colourful works are sold to raise money for wildlife protection.
About the Art Guru:
Writer and columnist Panu Boonpipattanapong (Eddie) is passionate about the intersection of art, design and film. He contributes to local newspapers and magazines such as Matichon Weekly, GQ Thailand, and The Jam Mag, as well as digital media outlets such as The Matter, and The MOMENTUM. His book “Art Is Art, Art Is Not Art” was recently published by Salmonbooks.
The 137 Pillars Private Art Tour package includes the following
- Welcome drink on arrival
- A 2-night stay in a luxury suite of their choice
- A sumptuous daily breakfast
- Access to the Baan Borneo Private Club and rooftop infinity pool (pool open 24/7)
- Full-day Private Art Tour (3-4 galleries) with art guru Eddie, and 137 Pillars butler, including transportation and gourmet picnic basket. The tour leaves the hotel at 10.00 a.m. and returns at 4.00 p.m.
- Use of the complimentary scheduled 137 Pillars London cab between the hotel and BTS Phrom Phong station
- In-Room Wi-Fi connectivity
The package is priced from THB 40,500 (USD 1,350) and is subject to applicable service charge and the government tax. Rates are based on double or twin occupancy with an additional supplement for additional person. A 7-day advance booking is required and additional nights are available at best available rate for extended stays. 137 Pillars Suites is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH).
Guests who book suites direct via the hotel enjoy the added exclusive benefit of Flexible Check In which allows them to check-in and check-out anytime within 24-hours of their arrival and departure dates.
Guests not staying at 137 Pillars Suites & Residences can book the tour, subject to availability at a price of THB 18,000 (USD 600) per couple and also invite friends at an additional cost of THB 3,000 (USD 100) per person when sharing the same transport, with a maximum of four persons per tour. Prices are subject to applicable service charge and the government tax.