A walk through Pak Klong Talad

A walk through Pak Klong Talad
July 10, 2004

Vendors in the Pak Klong Talad area are to be relocated to make way for a tourist park and new floating market. Most people know of this area as the flower market at the base of Phra Buddha Yodfa Bridge along Chakrawat Road. A future subway station is planned to also be in the area near Phra Rajawang Police Station (on the other side of the klong). Below are some photos from the area.

Pak Khlong Talat Renovation - Bid to appease angry vendors - Bangkok Post, July 22, 2004
...The current contract allows the organisation to terminate a lease without compensation if it informs vendors 60 days in advance...
Initially, Mr Sopon agreed to overturn an eviction order issued on June 28, saying the organisation had no plans to evict any traders from the city's largest and oldest wholesale market.
"However, the market needs renovation, which requires cooperation from all the vendors to make the place more attractive to tourists,'' he said.
He said the renovation blueprint, set to be approved by the board on July 27, would be completed in a few days. The plan would cover the organisation's three-storey building at the market, which would be turned into a One Tambon One Product shopping centre, while all three piers in the area would also be renovated to serve trade and tourism.
"The renovation will come in three phases and nobody will have to lose their business. They will have the right to return to their place of business once each phase has been completed,'' he said.
The traders, while satisfied that the eviction order had been withdrawn, expressed skepticism over the acting director's explanation, saying they want to have a say in the blueprint to ensure the renovation would not have any negative impact. "We're wondering whether this is just a way of trying to buy more time,'' one trader said.

Historical market vendors told to move out of place in 60 days - Bangkok Post, July 7, 2004
Around 100 wholesalers at Bangkok's historical Pak Klong Talad market face eviction as the Marketing Organisation of the Interior Ministry, which owns the land, wants to renovate the market into a tourist attraction...

Redevelopment for Chinatown - Xinhuanet, December 11, 2003
The third project will see an overhaul of the famous Khao San Road tourist area, from Tha Prachan to Pak Klong Talat - a pet project of Bangkok Governor Samak Sundaravej...

Pak Klong Market - The Nation, April 4, 2002
The governor said he would also seek another Bt200 million to Bt300 million from the government to relocate the famous Pak Klong Market from Phra Nakhon district to Klong San district.... The area would be turned into an open area so that historical places, such as Kalayanamit Temple, Memorial Bridge and Chetupon Wimolmangaram, could be seen by tourists. (from Govt funds sought for freeway in Lat Phrao)


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Ice ready to be delivered to restaurants and markets


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The ubiquitous sleeping cat


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Looking through the market area to houses on the other side of the Chao Phraya River


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Preparing chili peppers


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A warehouse with an anti-drug banner


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The flower market

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