Naklua ‘Walking Street’ returns for shorter run Dec. 3

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Naklua’s “Walking Street” market will reopen for a third year Dec. 3, this time offering food as its main attraction.

Deputy Culture Minister Somchai Meechuporn attended a Nov. 24 planning meeting for the street fair along with Pattaya City Council members and culture specialists. The market will run 6-9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 9 in front of the Government Savings Bank Naklua branch. Food, rather than product sales, is being pushed for this year’s edition.

A concert from entertainer Khanom Jeen and performances from Pattaya students will highlight the street’s opening day.

Deputy Culture Minister Somchai Meechuporn (left) participates in the organizational meeting to reintroduce Naklua’s Walking Street. Deputy Culture Minister Somchai Meechuporn (left) participates in the organizational meeting to reintroduce Naklua’s Walking Street.

Launched in 2009 by Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome as a way to return tourism Naklua, the “Walking Street” market has seen is share of problems, including traffic jams, merchants closing early, and mundane selection of goods. The market was shuttered prematurely in 2009 and has seen its run in Naklua shortened each of the two following years.