Top events in Bangkok this month
After finishing the two-week of a massive renovation, Thonglor’s luxury nightclub Beam is ready to entertain you and your posse with its cutting-edge beats and mind-boggling visuals. For the revampe, Beam taps New York-based design studio Snarkitecture to recreate the space. You wil see lots of square shapes as soon as you step close to the club. The new Beam welcomes you with loads of breeze blocks, the same material they put in the main room. Just look up and you'll see it. Architectural meshes can be seen a lot in the club. Customized seats and tables are added to the main room. Beam is a two-story venue that features different music genres on each level, and they have changed the music themes between the main room and the dalmation room. From now on, The dalmation room will feature house/techno DJS, while the main room will be taken over by hip hop. A bar doles out a variety of booze on both levels with more than 20 new drinks added to the menu, including Beam's recipe drinks, shooters and buckets. The price range is lower too, so you can drink a lot more. Getting start with shots, they come with six shot glasses to share. Our favorite was the easy-to-drink YaKult Soju (B580) that is the perfect choice for those who don't like strong tastes drinks. Opting to cocktails, try Jalapeno margarita (B280) that is covered with dried chilly and sugar, and Kaffir G&T (B280) the classic drink with a Thai twist. Will be there with many friends? Buckets are the perfect option with ch
For more than 128 years, this Gothic-style church has been an iconic structure in the Talad Noi neighborhood and is, in fact, listed as a cultural artifact by the Fine Arts Department. It’s Thai name, Wat Kalawar, is said to have been taken from the Portuguese word Calvario or Cavalry, the site where Jesus Christ was crucified. The Holy Rosary’s interiors feature golden arches, massive stained glass windows, and statues of the Virgin Mary and Jesus offering a rosary to Saint Dominic and Saint Caterina.
The Human Body Museum at the Faculty of Dentistry at Chulalongkorn University is more educational than spooky, featuring 14 preserved dissected bodies as well as internal organs donated through the Medical Doctor Soft House Company in Japan. The museum consists of two rooms, and each one displays bodies that have been cut open to show the internal parts and other multiple systems of the human body such as the nervous and digestive systems. A lot of details are given about the plastination process, in which liquid polymer is used to preserve human tissue, thus the intact bodies that you see in the museum. The experience may be disturbing for many, but it nonetheless gives a very graphic anatomy lesson and tells you how intricate the human body really is.
The revival and global fame of Thai silk owes much to Jim Thompson, a US architect who came in Thailand at the end of World War II with the OSS (now the CIA) and settled. Thompson spotted the marketing potential of the declining silk weaving industry, then still practised by the Muslims of Baan Khrua, and used it to create a lucrative company selling luxurious fabrics and home decor. In 1959, he adapted six reassembled teak houses into a modern living compound. Now a museum in lush grounds, it exhibits Thompson's Asian artefacts and looks much like it did when he disappeared in Malaysia's Cameron Highlands in 1967. Conspiracy theories surround his unexplained disappearance. After taking a short guided tour through Thompson’s former abode, relax in the canalside bar/restaurant Thompson, browse the onsite silk shop or view the Jim Thompson Center for the Arts, which holds world-class exhibitions on regional textiles and culture. Nearby, the William Warren Library, named after Jim's friend and biographer, also hosts talks.
Neilson Hays Library is Bangkok’s—or perhaps Thailand’s—longest-running, privately funded library. Though initially founded in 1869 as the Bangkok Ladies’ Library Association, the neoclassical structure where the library now stands was only built in 1921. It was commissioned by Dr. Thomas Hays in remembrance of his wife Jennie Neilson, who, in her time, was one of the association’s guiding forces. The building was designed by Mario Tamagno, the Italian architect who also created the blueprint for the Anantasamakhom Throne Hall. Throughout the years, Neilson Hays has proven to be more than just a library; it has become a cultural center of sorts for the city, hosting all kinds of activities and gatherings, from seminars to exhibitions.
Australian interior designer Ashley Sutton took the concept of the secret speakeasy bar to the next level when he created Maggie Choo’s. Inspired by Shanghai in the 1950s, the bar is a visual spectacle of stone sculptures, dungeon-like smoking rooms and heavy steel doors. If the qipao-clad ladies aren’t ushering you to your table, they’re lounging on swings hanging on chains from the ceiling. The drinks list, created by celebrity mixologist Joseph Boroski, offers swanky choices that hype up local fresh ingredients. Entertainment varies on a nightly basis. Expect DJs spinning upbeat hip hop tunes one night and a velvet-voiced crooner singing jazz and blues in another. Maggie Choo’s is always a reliable venue for impressing first-time visitors to Bangkok.
Bridge Cafe utilizes the space of an old building to maximum capacity, exhibiting art in all corners from the ground floor up. Take in the fascinating view of Taksin Bridge once you hit the rooftop.
After successfully launching Siri House, a multi-concept space dedicated to retail, art and epicurean pursuits, in the posh Singaporean neighborhood of Dempsey Hill, luxury property developer Sansiri has now opened the Bangkok version on Soi Somkid. Set in a 1950s house, it’s now the new hotspot for urbanites, offering an array of restaurants and drinking locales.
The historic neighbourhood of Charoenkrung has welcomed yet another creative space, ATT 19. This new art and lifestyle hub is actually an endeavor of the Attakanwongs to gather the passions—from art to antiques to fashion—of each family member under one roof. (They are the same family behind the long-running and much-respected Lek Gallery, located in the same hood.) Set in what used to be Arthorn Suksa Chinese School, the multidisciplinary art space displays items that have been carefully handpicked by the new generation of a family with deep roots in the antiques scene. It wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to expect aesthetics that blend modern ideals and stylish eclecticism. Gigantic ancient wooden doors open up to an airy and inviting space with art pieces adorning white walls, raw concrete flooring, and an exposed teakwood ceiling. The entire ground floor acts as a shop that sells collector’s pieces and rare bric-a-brac. Don’t be surprised if you spot a carved wooden chair from the Ming Dynasty or a massive piece of embroidered fabric from the 19th century. One corner displays ceramic pieces that will start conversations but won’t empty out your pocket, including uniquely-shaped, almost distorted, handcrafted pieces from Japan, where the art of imperfection is valued. Another corner flaunts a selection of gorgeous vintage clothing from around the globe, many of them rare and hard-to-find. The second floor is a gallery, exhibiting art pieces by acclaimed contemporary art
The former grandma’s house was turned into an non-benefit art gallery named after ‘ar-ma’ (granny in Thai) as RMA offering a non-profit creative space featuring art exhibitions like photography as well as other media. RMA also provides regular creative workshops, artist talks, screenings, performances, and exhibition openings. Keep an eye on their website for the upcoming events.