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Asiatique The Riverfront, Bangkok

Set on the site of the former East Asiatic Pier, built in the early  1900s during the reign of King Chulalongkorn, Asiatique. The  Riverfront is transforming the area to its former glory. Ten minutes downriver from Saphan Taksin BTS Station, you’ll arrive  at a 300 meter long boardwalk. From here, you can promenade  down the wide avenues to explore the four districts, Charoenkrung, with its over 1000 boutiques housed in four  mammoth warehouses selling the same kinds of goods you’ll find at Chatuchak Weekend Market, the Factory District featuring high-end fashion and technology, including an Apple Store, the Warterfront District serving up as many as 40 pubs and  restaurants, including Thai, Italian and seafood, and finally the Town Square that draws large audiences for the Joe Louis  Puppet Theater and Calypso Cabaret. For a bird’s eye view of the entire complex and dazzling city metropolis, visitors take to the Asiatique Sky, the highest Ferris wheel in Thailand.

Hours: Daily 5pm to midnight

haroenkrung Soi 74-76, Wat Prayakrai, Bangkor Laem, Bangkok
Tel: +66 (0) 2108 4488
www.thaiasiatique.com

Bangkok Art & Culture Center

Resembling New York’s Guggenheim Museum, the BACC is Bangkok’s midtown hub for the contemporary arts showing  modernist work alongside traditional Thai and international art, painting, sculpture, photography video, film and multimedia,  installation and performance. Easily reached from National  Stadium BTS Station by the Skybridge, this white, circular and  curving complex with its high ceiling atrium and spiral walkways linking the 9-floors designed to serve artists as well as the  community with its galleries, auditorium, performance spaces,  studio, library, cafés, restaurants, bookstores and art shops.

The exhibitions and programs change regularly so it’s a good idea to check what’s going on at the moment. But remember while you  might plan a day that includes shopping at nearby MBK and the  Siam shopping district, once you get into all that’s here, you might find the hours have slipped by unnoticed with your attention captivated with so much to see and do.

Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 9pm

939 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok
Tel: +66 (0) 2214 6630
www.bacc.or.th

Museum of Contemporary Art, Bangkok

The inspiration of Boonchai Bencharongkul, the museum’s architecture based on a jasmine sculpture carved in single  marble rock that stands next to it in a reflecting pool. A Bangkok entrepreneur, he built the complex to pay homage to Thailand’s current monarch, H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and Professor Silpa Bhirasri, Italian sculptor Corrado Feroci who is considered the “Father of Contemporary Thai Art”.

Khun Boonchai’s personal collection on exhibit here can most certainly be described as a  symbiotic reflection of the modern and traditional, much like Bangkok itself. Most of the artists represented here are Thai,  though there is a section dedicated to romantic Victorian art.

The  five floors of high ceiling galleries take full advantage of the  natural light that changes with the seasons and time providing  slightly different impressions for the paintings with their subjects ranging from Buddhist mythology to surrealism and the abstract. The museum also has a delightful café and gift shop.

Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 6pm

499 Kamphaengphet 6 Road., Ladyao,
Chatuchak, Bangkok
Tel: +66 (0) 2953 1005-7
www.mocabangkok.com

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