Saturday, September 29, 2012

One day Trip, MU Suphan Buri: 100 years old Samchuk

Sam Chuk 100 Year Market
One of the better preserved traditional markets in Thailand can be found in Suphanburi Province. It is called Sam Chuk 100 Year Market and it still has its original wooden shophouses that date back to the reign of King Rama V. In those days it was a bustling market alongside the Tha Chin River. This was a main thoroughfare between the north and Bangkok. However, with the building of roads both the importance of the market and the number of customers dwindled. It got to the point that the local authority were contemplating on pulling down the old houses to build condominiums. Fortunately, the local people decided to work together to revive the market. They have done such an outstanding job that this year UNESCO gave them an Award of Merit in recognition of their achievement. So Samchuk’s 100 Year-old market is well-known throughout Central Thailand. The first building we came across which really stuck out a mile was the former home of Khun Chamnongjeenarak, a former Opium tax collector. His home, 90 years-old -still in almost perfect original condition, has been turned into a museum (free too!). Actually, Sam Chuk Market is more of a living museum where they have carefully blended the past and present. On our way to this traditional market we got a 5-minute training in Thai tips to bargain successfully.

*Blogger has changed its template, now I cannot write any comment below each picture...  I need time to fix it... or to learn how it works.

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