Cool design hub
Published/Last edited or updated: 18th July, 2017
A hub of inspiration for designers and artists, the Thailand Creative and Design Centre (TCDC) reopened in 2017 with nearly 9,000 square metres of space in the old Grand Postal Building on an increasingly artsy stretch of Charoen Krung Road.
TCDC has space on all five floors, but the main areas of interest are on or accessed from the fifth (top) floor. Here you’ll find a spacious work area with a cafe that’s open to the public for free. For 100 baht per day or 1,200 baht per year, you can take full advantage of what TCDC claims to be “Asia’s largest design and creativity resource centre.”
This includes a library with some 50,000 books and 210 periodicals focusing on all sorts of perspectives and mediums in the world of design. A Material and Design Innovation Centre makes a huge range of Thai-made materials—from cloths to metals—accessible to designers. You’ll also find large workspaces and an exhibition hall. Most information is available in Thai and English.
Another big part of the attraction is the actual building, a rectangular mass of cement constructed in the Brutalist architectural style to house Thailand’s central postal facility in 1940. Check out the grand central room at ground level before heading up to a top-floor terrace that affords you a city vista overshadowed by an image of bird-man Garuda.
While designers could spend days at TCDC, it’s also worth a quick stop if you’re just a casual traveller taking a stroll down Charoen Krung Road. The charming Bangkokian Museum is a five-minute stroll away, and the surrounding area boasts a bunch of antique art galleries.
TCDC is located just south of Charoen Krung Soi 32, a km north of Saphan Taksin BTS Station and 300 m south of Si Phaya Pier on the river ferry lines.
Address: 1160 Charoen Krung Rd
T: (02) 105 7400;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º30'55.41" E, 13º43'37.64" N
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David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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