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These new openings prove Bangkok finally cares about reading

The libraries and bookstores leading a revival of the written word. 

By Kasidit Srivilai | May 18, 2017

  • These new openings prove Bangkok finally cares about reading
    Open House

Bangkok City Library

The three-story, 4,950-sq-meter library is located in the newly-restored Ratchadamnoen Building on Rachadamnoen Road (near Khok Wua intersection) in Bangkok's Old Town. Worth approximately B296 million, the building comes in a high-ceiling, neo-classical design. Expect an education center, a film and letters archive, an on-site cafe, computers for searching e-books and, of course, plenty of open-floor reading space. Open from 8am-midnight. Membership price is B10.

39 Rachadamnoen Klang Rd., 02-282-0680

Open House

Created by the same Japanese team who designed the Youtube and Google headquarters in Tokyo, Klein Dytham Architecture, the space on the sixth floor of Central Embassy comes decked out in cool ceiling patterns and wall-high bookshelves overlooking 180-degree views of Bangkok. The library look-alike Open House Bookshop by Hardcover showcases some 20,000 rare art books under the concept "Celebration of Print Culture."

6/F, Central Embassy, Phloen Chit Rd. BTS Phloen Chit

Thailand Creative and Design Centre (TCDC)

Half a year after closing its doors at the Emporium, Thailand Creative and Design Centre (TCDC) has finally reopened at its new home, the old General Post Office on Charoenkrung Road. Now spread across 8,700 sq meters and five floors, the design resource center encompasses an exhibition space, library dedicated to art-and-design books, and a fourth-floor rooftop garden. But the biggest development comes with its introduction of the Material and Design Innovation Center, which provides local creatives with a hands-on resource and contact center for Thai-made materials for design disciplines from fashion to architecture. Best of all, membership stays at just B1,200 per year.

1160 Charoenkrung Rd., 02-105-7400

Think Space B2S at Central Eastville

This ginormous bookstore is not only way, way bigger than any other B2S store around Bangkok, it also has more variety. Regular aisles make way for wide, open spaces lined with great walls of books that include loads more English titles than normal. Meet up with your friends and colleagues at the second-story co-working space, work alone at the solo high stools, equipped with power outlets and lamps, or check out the selection of chic stationery and furniture items. 

2/F, Central Eastville, 69 Praditmanoontham Rd.

 

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