Sunday, December 13, 2015

Good Morning Old Bangkok 8:
Charoen Krung Road 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 show them here. Let's have a look at Maitri Chit Road (Soi Nana) first.

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

Picture by El Chiringuito

Picture by El Chiringuito

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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.

Picture by Cho Why
See more pictures on instagram

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 "We aim to turn Charoen Krung Road into a creative district."

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.

Outlaw Creative Cusine, see more pictures on instagram

If you start at Taksin Bridge BTS Station you will come across Chiew Eng Buai, a Chinese shrine.

From the shrine you pass to Charoen Krung Soi 50. Here you find a Vintage Loft-style hostel named Glur Hotel Bangkok.

Glur Hostel, see more pictures on instagram

The famous Bang Rak Market is located between Choroen Krung Soi 46 and 42.

Bangrak Market, see more pictures on instagram

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.

A wander 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.

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.

See fantastic collection of pictures of Charoen Krung on instagram.

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

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