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Antique art galleries of Charoen Krung

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Apart from the National Museum, the best places in Bangkok to scope artefacts from Asia’s rich and diverse artistic traditions are the commercial antique art galleries off Charoen Krung Road.





These galleries are all spread over a couple of shopping centres and side lanes that can be easily visited on foot in a single afternoon. Here is a cheat sheet to get going. All of these galleries are located within walking distance if heading south from Saphan Taksin BTS Station or north from Si Phraya river ferry pier.

River City Built in the 1980s and recently renovated, the city’s largest art-focused shopping centre is hard to miss when cruising on the Chao Phraya River—it even has its own ferry pier. Some of the finest antique art galleries in Thailand display ancient religious statuary, ceramics, woodcarvings and more from Thai, Khmer, Burmese and other realms. Of the roughly two-dozen galleries, some of the best include Amata Collection, Angkor Antiques and Adul Gallery.

A slice of Tibet in the Tibet Shop. Photo taken in or around Antique art galleries of Charoen Krung, Bangkok, Thailand by David Luekens.

A slice of Tibet in the Tibet Shop. Photo: David Luekens

You’ll also find contemporary works by Southeast Asian artists at galleries like 333 Bababa and Kalyani. Viva and Aviz is a great place for a meal and cocktails with a sunset and river view on the ground floor.

River City Bangkok: Charoen Krung Soi 24 (next to Si Phraya river ferry pier); http://www.rivercitybangkok.com/en ; open daily 10:00-22:00

OP Place Occupying a classy building constructed by the French more than a century ago, this smaller shopping centre sits near the ultra-luxurious Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the old European quarter. Though lacking the selection of River City, galleries like Ashwood and Tibet Shop feature museum-worthy pieces for sale. Afterwards you could wander into the nearby OP Garden to check out contemporary art at Serindia Gallery, or stroll down to the old Customs House beside ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Antique art galleries of Charoen Krung
Charoen Krung sois 24, 30 and 38, Bangkok

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