Thonburi’s highly-anticipated creative hub, Chang Chui, opens today (Jun 23).
Somchai Songwattana (read our interview
), CEO and art director of Thailand’s pioneering fashion brand FlyNow has turned an 11-rai plot land into a new creative space that hopes to celebrate the work of young artists and designers.
A mesh of 18 separate buildings, “Chang Chui” lives up to its name (it means “sloppy artisan” in Thai) with each structure being made from reused materials.
Though several of the main attractions, like a disused airplane that will feature a restaurant called Na-Oh, are not yet open, there is still plenty to see and do.
Doors open from 11am for the alcohol-free Green zone, where you can get your coffee fix from One Ounce for Onion while shopping for books from Booksmith and stationery from Lamune at the Yonyaan building (pictured above).
Next to it, Daek Din (pictured above) is a funky food court that features nine of Bangkok’s iconic food specialists, including Trok Sung braised pork knuckle, Guan Ah chicken rice and Cheng Sim Ee icy sweets. For afternoon tea, drop by the new branch of the beautiful Hua Hin-hailing The Tea House.
A skull-shaped building (pictured above) is home to a gardening and plant shop, while you will also find Happening shop, an art gallery and food truck parking area.
Another section starts operation at 4pm, comprising a theater-cinema spot where Pichet Klunchun and Documentary Club take turns to present performances and well-curated documentaries, a music live house where Boyd Kosiyabong brings together indie artists, Rosemanclub eyewear shop, fashion stores, a galaxy-themed barber shop, a paint bar and even a drone training school.
F&B-wise, we're left waiting for the two most exciting openings: airplane restaurant Na-Oh (opening in August) helmed by chef Andy Yang of the Rhong Tiam brand; and insect-specializing restaurant Insects in the Backyard
(opening by the end of the month). In the meantime, you can get Pizza Pazza’s offerings, Gunger’s Thai-twisted burgers and lots of food from rotating temporary stalls. Drop by the thrillingly-themed Hoay bar for some craft beer or Runway bar under the plane for some drinks..
For today's opening event, expect live music from Hers, Chanudom and Whal & Dolph, live DJs by Dudesweet, We are X and Oasis: Supersonic documentary screenings, a coffee calligraphy workshop by Soravis P. and a dance performance by Bangkok Swing.