Former Culture Minister Sonthaya Kunplome opened an “ancient Chinese walking street” showcasing the Chinese-Thai roots of the community at Huay Yai’s Ban Chak Ngaew Market.
Huay Yai Mayor Pairat Taisupasoke joined former MPs, Chonburi and Banglamung District officials, and the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Pattaya office for the May 2 opening. The market will run each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Former Culture Minister Sonthaya Kunplome (center) tastes some Chinese desserts at the opening of the fair.
The idea for the market street was developed by the Tourism Promotion Club of Ban Chak Ngaew to boost sightseeing, cultural conservation and the local economy.
Pairat said Ban Chak Ngaew is a 100-year-old community that reflects Thai-Chinese history. It is the center for Chinese-flavored events, such as the Moon Festival, theatre, and food.
In the future, the community expects an influx of tourists interested in the old-style Chinese market, he said.
Sonthaya called the local culture charming and unique, and hopes the walking street will bring new life to the community.