Naklua’s Old Town market closed Sunday, perhaps never to open again.
Deputy Mayor Wattana Chantanawaranon presided over closing ceremonies that featured youth musical shows on the main stage.
Halted a year ago due to lack of interest and traffic congestion, the Naklua “walking street” was revived again Nov. 6, with officials promising to fix its flaws. But traffic continued to be a problem near Lan Pho Park and reports of vendors shutting down early and security guards ignoring fights by street gangs prompted threats from city officials to again shutter the market.
In the end, Old Town survived until its scheduled closing day, but chances of it reopening again next year look slim.
The ‘walking street” Old Town market in Naklua has closed for an indeterminate period.