As 2016 marks the 234th anniversary of the establishment of the Rattanakosin Kingdom, CentralWorld shopping center and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration are holding a national event as part of the celebrations for the capital of the country in ‘Bangkok Varee @ CentralWorld’, by transforming the open space in front of CentralWorld into “the Venice of the East”, the classic Thai way of life community.
The atmosphere of the riverside lifestyle from days of the past will be captured at the event, including the traditional lifestyles of the two sides of the capital, three local communities along the Thonburi riverbank and four communities from along the canal around PhraNakhon.The event will gather popular shops and restaurants from the cultural communities, giving you an opportunity to taste delicious rare local food items, and desserts from all regions of Thailand. Enjoy shopping for popular products of the different riverside communities from over 200 shops, including 5-star OTOP products from around the country. Be entertained all day by Thai folk performances from 14th-31stJuly2016 at CentralWorld square.
Dr. Nattakit Tangpoonsinthana, Executive Vice President of Marketing of Central Pattana plc,said: “As the government held the celebration events for the 234th anniversary of the establishment of the Rattanakosin Kingdom on 21st April 2016, CentralWorld shopping center, as a private entrepreneur, would like to be a part of the Thai capital’s anniversary celebrations by holding the ‘Bangkok Vari @ CentralWorld’event to present Thai arts and cultural activities, and emulate the traditional way of life from along the Chao Phraya River, which is the main artery that has nourished Bangkok from the past up until the present day. The riverside is intimately attached to the city and the charm of the original communities of Rattanakosin includes the diversity of different cultures, and has become aesthetic in it. This event will also allow people in society to learn some of the history and background of cultural Bangkok.”
The concept of the event is derived from the number ‘234’, the number of years of the Rattanakosin anniversary, used as a symbol to convey the way of life along the river. The Chao Phraya divides the capital into the PhraNakhon side and the Bangkok Noi side, and the city of Bangkok is split into two: PhraNakhon and Thonburi. The Chao Phraya’s powerful meandering has caused islands or mounds to appear, and was originally given the name ‘Bang Koh’,which was later distorted to ‘Bangkok’– the present day name. At the event, we will gather together many shops and restaurants where visitors can enjoy a great shopping experience. They can also try different foods in the designated areas of the patio and benches next to the river in order to truly experience the feel of an authentic riverside lifestyle.
The local communities along the Thonburi side include Bangkok Noi, which is a trading district on the PhraNakhon side well known for its delicious food. This zone will bring together many great products and a delicious selection of foods from all regions of Thailand.The products will include 5-star OTOP items such as products from Sukhothai goldsmiths, Surin-Thai fabrics, old collectable items and installations from the 1920’s period such as vintage photography shops, taverns, vintage salons, and old Thai music etc. Experience products and items from a bygone era from well-known vintage items collector ‘grandfather’ Daeng. Try Pad Thai in a platter-like basketwork, the 70-year recipe of kuaytiew lot (flat noodle roll with bean sprouts)from the Bangkulad floating market, garlic chives cake from TaladPlu Market,Thai rice wrapped in lotus leaf, Ban Khan Tok shop, KhunYai Pongsri Thai dessert shop, and a demonstration of traditional clothes perfuming.
Check out the Taling Chan zone, a contemporary floating market with outstanding fresh food. Sellers from Taling Chan floating market are bringing their entirestalls to present many delicious dishes such as the 100-year old recipe ofboiled fish with salt, ‘Auntie’Daeng’s khanomjeen, somsa meekrob(crispy noodles), sizzling cake,KhaoKrob Restaurant,vegetables, fruits and plants from TalingChan farmers, and many more delicious dishes from the popular districts of Bangkok and floating markets such as 4AnongBualoyKahaiWaan (sweet rice ball and egg dessert) from Bueng Phraya Floating Market, KhunYai Pongsri’s khaiplasalid snack, minced pickled fish, Pad Thai by Benchapan, noodles made from Riceberry Rice, garlic chives cake from TaladPlu Market, Nor Kala Boat Noodles from Rangsit and the KudiChin zone, an old community where people from three different religions and four races live together. Taste the old Portuguese cuisine influenced snack in the legend of Thao Thong Kip Ma (Maria Guyomar)and Muslim food such as Kudi Chin cake, Vietnamese steamed wontons,and khaomokgai (Thai chicken biryani) etc.
The four communities along the canal around PhraNakhon include Ta Tian (a market in front of the Grand Palace), which used to be a fish and fresh food market where the sellers transported the produce by boats to sell before taking the remainder of products for sale at Pak Klong market, where many Chinese lived. This zone will include the Chupan Banjongch at Museum presenting the way of life of the Ta Tian people in a miniature model form, with traditional Chinese food and desserts, Bang Nam Phueng’s Peanut Crisp Candy making demonstration, and the delicious original traditional recipe of the Sukhothai tom yum noodles.
The Pak Klong Market surrounds the capital with a variety of flowers on the canal. This zone sells flowers, vegetables and fruits from the shops of the Pak Klong Market. You can see flower boats, enjoy Nor Kala Boat Noodles from Rangsit market, fresh herb noodles,khao yam (rice salad with vegetables and herbs) and tea from Pattani prov. Banglamphu(Banglamphu canal or Ong Ang canal) used to have many Lamphu plants growing widespread. The mouth of the canal is the location of the PhraSumen Fort under the archive of conservation of Rattanakosin. This area is the district for older fashions and a source of monks’ supplies for the public to purchase and donate to the monks at nearby WatBowonniwetVihara. In this zone, we have clothes, bags and vintage accessories as well as appetizing dishes such as traditional curries with rice, Khao Yum-chili paste, fermented fish sausages, and Kao-Chae (chilled rice eaten with condiments). The PhuKhao Thong community has ‘Ghost Gate’ as its former name. In this zone we can see demonstrations on how to cook Matupayat rice (rice with milk and honey porridge) – a 1,000-year-old recipe from the Buddhist era, a demonstration of monks’ alms bowl making from the100-year-old Monk Alms Bowl Community, a demonstration on how to make royal garlands from ‘Bullet Wood’ flowers and ‘Crown’ flowers, enjoy tasting Thai golden desserts, garland jelly cakes, and other old traditional Thai snacks such as ‘Snow Skin Moon Cake’, ‘Cherry Plum’ snacks and many more.
Enjoy watching the arts and cultural performances such as the Pleng-choy Showand Jam Auad Na Man (a traditional comedy show) by ‘uncle’ Yong, ‘uncle’Puang and ‘uncle’ Nong. The show includesa local folksong sing-along with the dialog and interaction inserting an element of the local people’s way of life, culture, customs, values and dialect. A Contemporary band performance by Petra from the Thai Music Club,Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy, Chulalongkorn University; A Pleng Rue show (traditional folk song singing on a traditional boat); shows from the native people of central Thailand; community performances; Lam Phu Tree light and sound show; and other community shows by students and local people will be on offer. You are invited to go back in time to visit the Thailand of the past in a classic riverside atmosphere at Bangkok Varee @ CentralWorld from 14th -31st July 2016 at CentralWorld square