The End of a Night Bazaar: Suan Lum

What's New — By Kevin Revolinski on December 22, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Back in 2006 the buzz was that Suan Lum Night Bazaar had lost its lease on the land that it occupied. Suan Lum had drawn a lot of tourists — thousands per day — to its collection of vendors, food carts and late-night beer garden since it opened back in 2001. I myself went there on my first trip to Bangkok. It was even home to the Joe Louis Theater where traditional Thai puppetry could be seen (until about a year ago). But in 2006 when the news came that the owners of the land wanted to develop it into commercial space and a shopping complex, many of us had moments of reminiscing, regrets for its demise, thoughts about what might replace it. And then… nothing happened. Suan Lum remained open. In fact, for about four more years!

But in 2010 we had the Red Shirt troubles which at one point shut that area down. Just a couple months later, the news of 2006 actually came to pass. The vendors were gone and talk was they would one day be part of a new and improved Ratchada Night Market which would replace the current packed dirt parking lot variety with a proper concrete and booth version in 2012.

So as 2010 comes to a close, the demolition at Suan Lum is nearing completion. One wonders if Ratchada will ensconce itself in the list of must-see, must-do in Bangkok like Suan Lum did.

Tags: closed, night bazaar, ratchada, red shirt, suan lum