Sunday, December 13, 2015

Good Morning Old Bangkok 8:
Charoen Krung Road ถนนเจริญกรุง is reborn

"Charoen Krung, the oldest road in Thailand, has adapted to becoming the new cool": This article in Bangkok Post shows, how old shophouses became hotspots of a new urban life. So let's see what we find along Charoen Krung Road ถนนเจริญกรุง today. We start in the North and move southwards.


Charoen Krung Soi 1:


Charoen Krung Soi 3:

On Lok Yun: 72 Charoenkrung Road. Coffee for over 80 years, Thai-style American breakfast.








Chakphet Road:

Chao Mae Thap Thim Shrine:




Lamphun Chai:

Tep Bar: 69-71 Soi Nana, Maitri Chit Road. In this former school building you can attend to a Thai traditional music and ranad (Thai xylophone) live show and drink different kinds of yadong (herbal liquor).



Picture by Tep Bar

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For a film production, the alley of Tep Bar has been transformed:




El Chiringuito: Soi Nana 221. Owners Sudaporn Sae-ia and her Spanish husband Victor Hierro have opened a Tapas bar.



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Cho Why: Soi Nana 17. A collaborative, cross-disciplinary project space, run by Victor Hierro and friends. It hast hosted activities like markets, dance parties, workshops, performances and expositions.

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Ba Hao: Shophouse No. 8 at Soi Nana offers Chinese food and accommodation in two rooms.






Charoen Krung Soi 20:

Chao Zhou Shi Kong Shrine ศาลเจ้าโจวซือกง:




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Charoen Krung Soi 22:

Sol Heng Tai Mansion โซวเฮงไถ่ บ้านจีนโบราณ, also known as Bann Duangtawan: From Charoen Krung Soi 22 you pass to Soi Chao Sua Son and then Soi Wanit 2 to arrive at his old Chinese House at 282 Soi Wanit 2, where you find a Café and a Scuba Diving school. In the late Ayutthaya period, the Sols arrived from Hokkien in Siam. This family gained fortune as traders and soon built their two-storey compound in Talat Noi on Soi Duangtawan, four houses surrounding a large courtyard, mainly made of teak timbers held together by wedge connections. Today the mansion remains a home for members of the Sol clan. It is not open for public visit. However you might run into the current clan matriarch, Duangtawan Posayajinda, near the mansion’s red front gate bearing lanterns. A simple inquiry will most likely produce a friendly invitation to take a look in one of Bangkok’s architectural heritage. Read more on The Nation and on Bangkok Post.



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Charoen Krung Soi 24:

Soy Sauce Factory: 24/2 Charoenkrung Soi 24. Speedy Grandma’s Thomas Menard and Vincent Sung (Eclectic Lab) have transformed this warehouse in Chinatown into a new art studio. Light installations, DJ booths, pop-up bar kitchen, cyclorama on the second floor and a rooftop view of the canal.




Charoen Krung Soi 28:

Speedy Grandma Gallery: 672/50-52 Charoenkrung Soi 28. Founded by Lee Anantawat and Thomas Menard, the former shophouse frequently hosts exhibitions from up and coming artists.


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Charoen Krung Soi 32:

In May 2017 TCDC (Thailand Creative and Design Centre) is moving to Charoen Krung Road inside an old post office building (The Grand Postal Building 1160 Charoenkrung Road). The organisation aims to foster Thailand's creative potential by providing exhibition space and resources, including Asia’s largest design library. "We don’t want to just move there but form a community," says Laistrooglai according to independent.co.uk. "We aim to turn Charoen Krung Road into a creative district."





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Opposite the Grand Postal Building is Charoen Krung Soi 45, where you come across Outlaw Creative Cuisine. Co-owner and French chef Romain Guiot keeps his offerings "simple yet delicious", as Bangkok Post describes it.


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Charoen Krung Soi 36:


Charoen Krung Soi 40:


A wandering from Wat Suan Plu through the busy street brings you to Assumption College and the principal Roman Catholic Church of Thailand. Designed by French architects, the church of the Archdiocese of Bangkok is crafted of marble and adorned with stained glass imported from France, Singapore, and Italy.





Charoen Krung Soi 42:

Wat Suan Phlu วัดสวนพลู:
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The famous Bang Rak Market is located between Choroen Krung Soi 42 and 46.




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Later you will arrive at Wat Suan Plu. Located on Charoen Krung Soi 42/1, the temple is home to an architectural masterpiece built in the early Ratanakosin period and recognized in 2002 by the Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage.




Mazzaro: 11/2 Charoenkrung Soi 42/1. Thai and Italian restaurant.


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Charoen Krung Soi 44:

Boon Sap ร้านบุญทรัพย์ คุณหลวง: 1478 Charoenkrung Road. In this sweets shop you get mango and sticky rice. The mango is available only in the summer, but you can try other desserts, such as the khao niew sangkaya (sticky rice topped with Thai custard).




Charoen Krung Soi 49:

Across from Charoen Krung Soi 49 you find "The Hobbyist Café". Wood furnishings in natural shades paired with white walls make the interior warm and inviting.




Charoen Krung Soi 50:

Here you find a Vintage Loft-style hostel named Glur Hotel Bangkok.


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Sathon Nuea Road:

Chiao Eng Biao Shrine ศาลเจ้าเจียวเองเบี้ยว:






Charoen Krung Soi 51:

Chao Mae Prommet Shrine ศาลเจ้าแม่พรหมเมศ:

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Charoen Krung Soi 72/4:

Ar ou ร้านอาอู๋ บางรัก: Thai/chinese. Most of the dishes are seafood based, but they also have pork and chicken alternatives. Read the review by streetsidebangkok.com.


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Charoen Krung Soi 73:

Hor Khao Tom Pla:






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Read also:
7 reasons to visit Soi Nana, Yaowarat by Lifestyle Asia
Soi Nana On the Craft & Jumble Trail by by Bangkok 101
A Day Trip Through Charoen Krung
Changing Chinatown as Seen by Those Who Live There


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