Photo: Old and the new.

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A walk down Charoen Krung Road

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From the Grand Palace to Little India and Chinatown, through the old European quarter and on to the beginnings of Bangkok’s modern business district, a stroll down Charoen Krung Road touches nearly all of the historical-cultural threads that weave this fascinating city together. It’s also a feast for the senses.





Granting the wishes of Europeans who longed for a place to ride their horses, the road was built by order of King Rama IV in 1861 and roughly follows the path of the Chao Phraya River. It was the first proper road to appear back when canals and muddy paths tied the city together. Initially (and occasionally still) called New Road, the 8.5-kilometre-long avenue became Thanon Charoen Krung, or Road of the Prosperous City.

Got an old busted record player? Bring it here. Photo taken in or around A walk down Charoen Krung Road, Bangkok, Thailand by David Luekens.

Got an old busted record player? Bring it here. Photo: David Luekens

Beginning where Charoen Krung emerges from the back side of Wat Pho, we’re first captured by the tranquility of Saranrom Park, where Thai kings greeted foreign dignitaries in the 19th century. Continuing east, we pass dozens of men repairing old TVs and stereos in Baan Mor, a village within a city that specialised in machine parts before switching to electronics.

Next comes Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre at the corner of Tri Phet Road. Commissioned by King Rama VII in the 1930s as one of the city’s first cinemas, it was a modern marvel of the era. Today a khon dance troupe draws crowds seeking a glimpse of what entertainment in Thailand was like before Hollywood ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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