The atmosphere is buzzing, people push and shove past you, manoeuvering through the narrow sois en route to find their next great bargain in the jumble of items piled up in one of about 8000 sellers' shops. This is the Chatuchak Weekend Market, also known as the Jatujak Market, located on 35 acres northeast of Bangkok, attracting 200 000 visitors every weekend to tackle the maze of stalls.
There is an abundance of newly crafted goods at Chatuchak Market, yet there are treasures lurking within the antique stalls. Sometimes these can be overshadowed by the profusion of manufactured goods and accessories. It is when you stumble upon the antique vendors that the true diversity of items in the market becomes apparent. Here you can find the most diverse array of odds and ends from years past, items that mayhave had a great deal of use, but are still functional and attractive. Antique hand painted ceramic doorknobs, carved wooden chests, porcelain figurines in all shapes and sizes, used books, and hand painted doors are only a small fraction that can be found if you have a good eye and are willing to explore the crowded shelves of these stalls to find the perfect item. There are hidden gems in each stall just waiting to be found.
Thai Antiques create a connection to both history and culture. Each collectable item or unique find comes with a story that represents aspects of traditional ways of Thai living and cultural heritage. Antique handicrafts, art and ancient relics represent Thailand through the ages. Such finds can also be difficult to track back to their origins, and some vendors have re-creations and modern reproductions hidden amongst the legitimate antiques - so be sure to seek expert advice for expensive purchases, and don't be afraid to barter for lower-value items that are being purchased for their aesthetic or emotional appeal.
Thai culture has evolved with centuries of influence from Burma, Myanmar, India, Sri Lanka and Cambodia. Each country has influenced the culture, art, and craftsmanship of what one can see today in modern Thailand. Antiques link us to earlier generations, and hearken back to the ancient ways that Thais create art, prepare food, build architecture and devote themselves to religious beliefs. Be they religious artifacts, old painted screens, used ceramics, masks, wood handiwork, or jewellery, the antiques found at the market link modern Thailand to its richly storied past..
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Located about 11km Northeast of downtown Bangkok, Thailand
Easily accessed by MRT Subway and the BTS Skytrain
MRT Subway: Get off at Kamphaeng Phet, and you will pop up inside the market
BTS Skytrain: Get off at Mo Chit Station, follow the crowds down onto Phahonythin Rd., follow it southwest about 1 Kilometre and turn right onto Kamphaeng Phet 3 Rd. until you reach one of the entrances on the left hand side of the street
Location of Antiques
Section 26 - Soi 1 & 2
The Administration of Chatuchak Market
Hours: Saturday and Sunday 9am-6pm
Maps are available at each entrance
Toilets are located throughout the market
-Section 7, Soi 66 and 67
-Section 4, Soi 52, 49
-Section 2, Soi 38
-Section 27, Soi 67 and 64
The main streets inside the market are wheelchair and stroller accessible
The pin on the map above is centrally located in the area where you will find the greatest concentration of antique vendors in Chatuchak Market.