Charoenkrung Creative District:
A Creative District Model
A proposal to move the TCDC from a high-end mall to the historic Grand Postal Building sparked new interest in Charoenkrung neighborhood, one of the most culturally diverse areas in Bangkok on the east side of Chao Phraya River. Home to embassies and stately grand hotels along Bangkok's first road, the area is in the middle of a renaissance to reclaim its glory days as the center of Bangkok's modernization. Government and private collaboration efforts are developing this district into a model creative district (reference Question 40).
Town in Town:
An Agency Town
Bangkok's nucleus of the local advertising and film industry, Town in Town is a large complex built in 1989. After the 1997 financial crisis, the residential buildings were converted into modern home offices, which attracted agencies and studios due to affordable prices. The complex abuts a major expressway and is accessible to nearby popular business and entertainment districts.
A Hub of Creative Lifestyle
Thonglor-Ekamai is a major lifestyle center where creative professionals gather, including architects, graphic designers, furniture designers, artists, photographers, make-up artists, hair stylists and more. They form a network to share resources, reduce costs and collaborate in proactive marketing strategies in various creative businesses such as design studios, architectural firms and design companies.
A Debut Place for Thai Fashion Brands
Siam Square fosters a vibrant youth culture based on its proximity to Chulalongkorn University and several other prominent schools and tutoring businesses. Over the past several decades emerging fashion designers, many of them new graduates with daring tastes, launched their businesses here. Brands, including legendary Greyhound and Soda, or younger brands like ISSUE, Kloset, It's Happened to be a Closet, and Heidi's Secret, have thrived and become the pillar of the Thai fashion industry. The combination of new trends, entertainment, open spaces, and easy access has made Siam Square a lively and prosperous area.
A Flourishing District
Ari-Pradipat is a popular neighborhood for creative minds, especially Pradipat 17 Alley, home to 33 Space, a "love motel"-turned-rental office for designers and software developers. The complex is designed to facilitate co-working, with a common canteen, a parking lot, cleaning services and 24-hour security. The lively Pradipat food street adds to the vibrant working life and its potential to thrive.
Young Architect's District
This old quarter has become a new creative district in town that attracts tourists, designers, architectural firms, and galleries. The unique Sino-Portuguese commercial buildings in Nana Alley are almost a hundred years old and were once residences of Thai, Chinese, and Indian folks, exemplifying Bangkok's charming multicultural environment. The major transportation node Hualumpong Station makes it easy to get around, and reasonably priced restaurants, coffee shops and bars make it an affordable neighborhood for working and living. It is home to the famous Thep Bar, where one can relax with native ingredient cocktails listening to live traditional Thai music.