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Fah Thai Magazine May-June 2017

HAPPENINGS THAILAND

HAPPENINGS THAILAND CHIANG MAI / LAMPANG LAMPANG STROLL A must do in Lampang is walk along the centuryold market road known as Kad Kong Ta. Located just near the Ratchapisek Bridge parallel to the Wang River, the path is easily accessible for those staying downtown. The old market street closes to traffic on a weekend and turns into a night market from 5 to 10pm. However, “Kad Kong Ta” is nothing like the famous Chiang Mai’s night bazaar or Khao San Road in Bangkok as the area combines architecture, culture, art, tradition, street food and shopping. The well-preserved buildings and houses along the road were constructed in a variety of Chinese, European and Shan architectural styles. This area was a trading zone over 100 years ago. Some old buildings have been tastefully renovated into gift shops, café and guest houses. Not to be missed on the excursion is a visit to “Moung Ngwe Zin” building which was built by a Burmese teak merchant of the same name in 1908. The building is regarded as one of the most beautiful gingerbread houses in Thailand and won the Outstanding Architectural Conservation Award from the Association of Siamese Architects in 2007. The building now houses an art gallery run by a group called Melann and the café on the ground floor is a pleasant hangout. On weekdays, when the vibrant market isn’t open, tourists could choose to stroll leisurely along the two-kilometre stretch or bike along the street. If you are a first-time visitor to Lampang, you may try to visit the market on a horse-drawn carriage. Enjoy the local scenery along the way! SPOTLIGHT Mecca of Contemporary Art MAIIAM is fast becoming a household name whether one is an art lover or not. The name plays with the word “mai” as in Chiang Mai province and also means ‘new’ in Thai. The museum opened last July with a big bang, showcasing the first ever retrospective work of Cannes-award winning film director and multitalented artist Apichatpong “Joe” Weerasetthakul. The exhibition entitled “The Serenity of Madness” has travelled to many parts of the world. Located in the San Kamphaeng district where it is known for handicraft communities and hot springs, the 3,000-sqm converted warehouse museum is worth a visit for every art enthusiast. The building itself is state-of-the-art, and visually striking with its eye-catching glass mosaics. It is the first art piece before your eyes, with a glass reflection that seems to blend in harmony with the green surroundings. maiiam.com 92