November marks the coming of the festive season in Bangkok. This means Christmas lights and glittery decor now adorn the city’s major shopping centers, which compete to put on the most spectacular show.
ICONSIAM, the megamall on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, has once again decorated its riverfront with a golden Chritsmas tree inspired by the central decorative ornament of Bai Sri Soo Kwan, a Thai ritual meant to invoke the blessings of good spirits.
For years, centralwOrld has put up the country’s tallest Christmas tree, and it will be no different this year. This holiday season, the mall has set up a towering 30-meter tree decorated with LINE FRIENDS characters such as Brown and Cony.
In Ploenchit, swanky shopping center Central Embassy has tasked French pop artist Cyril Lancelin, who’s known for his playful balloon art, to decorate its spaces with a colorful inflatable Christmas tree and huge floating installations.
Over in Sukhumvit, Emquartier has put up an LED-lit Christmas tree right between Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana’s storefronts. It’s the first thing you’ll see when you exit the BTS.
There are more to come. Watch this space for updates.