Photo: Paying homage to the building’s roots.

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Thailand Creative and Design Centre (TCDC)

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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.”

Once a post office, now much more. Photo taken in or around Thailand Creative and Design Centre (TCDC), Bangkok, Thailand by David Luekens.

Once a post office, now much more. Photo: David Luekens

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.

Enjoy the views. Photo taken in or around Thailand Creative and Design Centre (TCDC), Bangkok, Thailand by David Luekens.

Enjoy the views. Photo: David Luekens

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.

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How to get there
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.

Thailand Creative and Design Centre (TCDC)
1160 Charoen Krung Rd
Tu–Su: 10:30–21:00
T: (02) 105 7400
Admission: Free

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