Train lines flanked by open fields, tree-shrouded sois and an almost-disturbing lack of traffic—these photos scarcely resemble the giant area referred to as Sukhumvit nowadays. 

Nestled on the fourth-floor of the recently opened Hyatt Regency hotel, Sukhumvit Gallery opens with a permanent exhibition of almost 50 rare photographs capturing the storied history of Sukhumvit Road,

The images, many of which date back to the early 20th century, capture Sukhumvit's humble origins as a thoroghfare connecting Bangkok with Samut Prakhan, and also portray the boom of postwar suburbia. Included in the exhibition are old maps of the area, the residences of key personnel and a smattering of icons that remain from the pre-mass transit era. 

Admission is free, or you can plum for the Sukhumvit Gallery Afternoon Tea (B950/two people), served daily from 2pm-4pm. 

Market Cafe, 4/F, Hyatt Regency, 1 Sukhumvit Soi 13. Open daily 11am-10:30am. BTS Nana.

Check out a selection of the photographs below: 

Ekamai Pedestrian Bridge


Paknam Railway passing by Sukhumvit Road at Ban Kluai 


The White Omnibus, one of the businesses of Phraya Bhakdi Noraset (Lert Sreshthaputra), a major Sukhumvit Road landlord.
Kamthieng House, a traditional Lanna house that now houses Siam Society, Asok-Montri Road


Sukhumvit Road, from Asok intersection to Soi Nana, in 1964