Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has implemented a "walking street " project by closing some roads of historical and cultural interest for four main ressons: Firstly, to create an open space; secondly to provide avenue for arts centres and for concerts; thirdly for cultural and commercial activities and, lastly, for walking. The roads involved in the programme are:
Yaowarat Road, China Town
Home to Chinese communities, visitors will be able to glimpse the ways of Chinese life and experience the wonderful food at the many restaurants on both sides of the road. It is also a good place from where to buy gold and jewellery.
Khao San Road, Bang Lamphu
This is an area with guest-houses a favourite with backpackers looking for budget accommodation. The road is closed from Tanao road to Sam Sen Road to enable food stalls and sales booths to be set-up and cultural shows to be staged.
Phra Chan Road
This is one of the historical roads on Rattanakosin Island, located to the side of Thammasat University campus and Wat Maha Tat. This road, which is cool and shaded by trees, will be closed from Maharat Road to Phra Chan Road for open-air art exhibitions by local and international artists.
Phra Athit Road
Formerly a residential area for members of royal families, the buildings were constructed in the architectural style popular during the reign of King Rama V. Phra Sumen Fort is located at the curve of the road.
One of the roads that connects Sathon to Silom Roads, is closed (on selected days) from the beginning of Soi Pitpat 2 to Soi Sala Daeng 2. This is the place to experiene contemporary concerts of Thailand international musicians, both by amateur and professional bands. You may see muscian's hats on the ground waiting for kind folk to give up their loose change. There are also booths selling cheaply-priced goods and many food stalls.
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