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A Million Toys & More

Photos & Text by Koen Olie


When I started living in Thailand in the late 80s I wanted to buy some children’s books for my kids, using them for bedtime stories, etc. A pleasant surprise I found at the old Suksaphan bookstore near the Democracy Monument, in the form of a bilingual, colourful book entitled Thai Farmers by Thai cartoonist Krirk Yoonpun. The English translation was at times a bit quaint, but the drawings were superb; playful, cute and effective, our 2 boys liked it very much as well. Krirk has drawn, written and published lots of other neat books, some of which I bought afterwards, despite them being available in Thai only. Many years later I discovered that, after Krirk visited a Japanese toy museum in 1982, he became a toy collector himself and eventually opened his own Million Toy Museum in Ayutthaya. Since then I dropped by this hodgepodge ‘treasure trove’ of vintage artifacts several times over the years… This museum is definitely something different, don’t expect anything academic (no explanatory texts, at least not in English), but that’s irrelevant.


Instead be prepared to be overwhelmed by an extraordinary collection of ….., toys and much more! Its alternative name might be ‘the sacred and the profane’ as there’s also plenty of space devoted to antique objects, amulets, clocks, vases, pottery, etc. Spread out over 2 floors Krirk’s art is also well represented with a wall mural and lots of smaller framed works. Intriguing at times is the combination of toys and religious / antique objects, such as the little monk statues with a giant Jar Jar Binks literally ‘breathing down their necks’. Also the toy selection can be at times surrealistic; e.g. an old tin can battle tank with Asian wooden doll statues behind it, a creepy naked doll hugging a Kinax Baby camera… No lack of (super and ordinary) heroes; Batman, Superman and several Asian ones such as Ultra Man, as well as comic/ manga characters Doremon, Astro Boy, Hamtaro, Mickey Mouse, Pokemon, Totoro, etc.


Also featured are plenty of large plane, train and ship models, wind-up toys, but not much when it comes to classic miniature toy cars (Matchbox, Dinky Toys) or at least I still haven’t discovered them! There is small souvenir area selling Krik’s books (including Thai Farmers!), replicas of old toys and related products. Outside you can take a break in the lush garden and observe the chickens happily doing their thing. In front of the museum is a cool café where you can have a snack and a drink while contemplating the treasures of the Million Toy Museum. Needless to say this is a great place for young and old to visit and enjoy! Koen Olie, 01/04/2019

Million Toy Museum, 45 Moo 2 Uthong Rd, Ayutthaya Website: www.milliontoymuseum.com Open: Closed: Phone:

09.00 – 16.00 Mondays 035 328 949


All photos & text: ©Koen Olie

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A Million Toys & More  

After Thai cartoonist Krirk Yoonpun visited a Japanese toy museum in 1982, he became a toy collector himself and eventually opened his own M...

A Million Toys & More  

After Thai cartoonist Krirk Yoonpun visited a Japanese toy museum in 1982, he became a toy collector himself and eventually opened his own M...

Profile for koenolie
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