Call me skeptical but I was a little suspicious when it was announced that 80% of the burnt-out mall — the second largest in Asia (OK, the largest burnt-out one) was set to re-open this week. From the Skytrain one can still see deep into the blackened floors and quite a bit of space is still just gaping and empty. However, I guess I never really appreciated just how HUGE Central World really is.
Indeed, Central World is open once again and though the Zen Department store and a central portion is still long from rebuilt, the majority is polished and painted and ready for business. On Tuesday, September 28 the doors were opened and Bangkok came out to see. Security was even allowing everyone to shoot photos at will (something oddly prohibited in many Thai malls).
Shoppers were aplenty and a bit of live music played in the 7-floor atrium.
For me the biggest matter is the re-opening of SF World, the large cineplex which often hosts a few minor film fests here and there and brings in a great assortment of films.
I was amused a bit by the staff on hand, more than the number usually working on a weekday. Maybe I came at a bad time. Well, whatever. Welcome back, Central World.
(all photos by Kevin Revolinski)