Awakening Bangkok, a district-wide light exhibition kicks off this month (on Nov 16, to be precise), illuminating various historic locations in the Charoenkrung neighborhood using cutting-edge laser displays, the likes of which you’ve never seen before.
Initiated by Time Out Bangkok, the project is made possible with the support of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Creative Economy Agency, OPPO, Jameson, Ricoh, as well as numerous young creative masterminds—all with an aim of bringing cool to one of Bangkok’s oldest surviving quarters.
Stroll down the streets to witness extravagant lighting installations as well as talking interactive showcases and holograms at some of the district’s most iconic but also lesser-known landmarks, including:
- Warehouse 30
- Grand Postal Building
- Prince Theater Heritage Stay Hotel
- Swan Hotel
- O.P. Place
- O.P. Garden
- Haroon Mosque Community
Some of the highlights include Antenna of Letter, an interactive installation by creative studio Living Spirits; 112 Red & Yellow Tubes, one of visual artist Liam Morgan’s kinetic light works from his Ngan Wat series; and The Crown Pavilion, a pixel art showcase by art collective Conscious x Kimbab.
Awakening Bangkok: A Festival of Lights will light up Charoenkrung every night from 16 to 25 November, from 18:00 until 23:00. For more information and updated details, visit timeout.com/bangkok and facebook.com/timeoutbangkok
A complete list of installations
Awakening Bangkok, a festival of lights organized by Time Out Bangkok, along with a few distinguished partners, nudges this historic district “awake” with light installations—exhibited in the area’s most iconic structures—that hearken bark to Charoenkrung’s heritage but also give a glimpse of its future. We invite you to take a walk down memory lane—in more ways than one—and admire these riveting showcases created by Bangkok’s emerging visual designers. And as you amble down the path once trod upon by the ancestors of the city, may you rediscover the many charms and hidden attractions of the locale that first put Bangkok on the map.
Guide to Awakening Bangkok locations
Charoenkrung was the first asphalt road in Bangkok, built during the reign of King Rama IV—more than 150 years ago—to serve the fast-growing community of foreign traders on the right bank of Chao Phraya River. This was a consequence to a series of trade agreements Siam—old Thailand—signed with foreign countries, making international trade’s figures skyrocketed. The area was—and still is—a melting pot of cultures: Chinese merchants settling down building rowhouses next to British diplomats and Persian traders.
Things to do in Charoenkrung
The hood once only known for its street food and five-star hotels has become vibrant once again. Time Out Bangkok editors roamed the alleys of Charoenkrung to discover the best places to eat, drink, shop and sightsee, and to celebrate the comeback of one of Bangkok’s oldest riverside neighborhoods.