Bangkok, shall we say, has a reputation.
However, there is another side to Bangkok, that's not all temples and sex-tourists. For some reason though, Thais don't seem to be proud of this (Not saying they're proud of sex-tourism btw) and tend to hide a cool and funky light under any convenient bushel. It's actually a real shame because there is lots of cool and interesting stuff out there, but its never publicised, really. For example, there is loads of modern Asian art (in the broadest sense of the world) but trying to find out about it is a bit of a mare.
This is a great case in point.
If you're bored of the crowds of Grand Palace and the markets selling all eleven kinds of tourist tat then I can not recommend highly enough Chula Art Town. There is a big bit of it that's almost finished and I'll be going back to that soon, but don't let that put you off. It looks like they've taken the influence for it from the rebuilt hutongs of Beijing. Modern buildings, but with a clear Thai/Asian feel to them in a rabbit warren of streets. The ground floors of which (I hope) will be independent coffee shops and retailers selling all manner of what-have-you.
That was a by-product of our visit to the university district. We'd got wind of street art project sponsored by Chulalongkorn University and heard great things about it so off we went and it did not disappoint!
These two were probably my favourites but the whole things was pretty darn good. There's a reasonably good map you can download here... It is only pretty good and not perfect, but with a little patience you can find all of these pieces of art. It kicks off (well, for us it was the logical starting point) around one of those weird Asian streets with loads of people selling the same stuff. In this case, dodgy sports kits. Literally every shop for about 100 metres sold sports kits.
pictures of them, but I got a couple and still think they looked cool. Although, God knows what the text says... That could be why he didn't like me taking pictures now I come to think of it.
Also not on the official map, I like the whimsy of the robot plastic bottle sculpture.
This one was pretty cool. The dragons, in particular, really sparkled.
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.