BANGKOK, 21 November 2014 – Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is preparing to open the first walking street on Silom road, Bang Rak District, to compensate for the effects of the reorganization of commercial zones around Bangkok suffered by street vendors.
Mr. Wanlop Suwandee, Chief Adviser to the Bangkok Governor said that the walking street is scheduled for 21 December 2014 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Silom Road from Silom-Naradhiwas Intersection up to Rama 4 Road. Various activities are set for the event, visitors can shop a wide range of products from the former street vendors, as well as food from well-known hotels, and Bangkok Brand products. Moreover, there will be platforms for children to showcase their abilities, and a chance for students and the public to present their talents, work of arts, handicrafts, either for sale or for display.
The Chief Advisor revealed that so far over 1,000 traders have expressed interest in the event. However, Bangrak District Office will let the traders draw random chances so that opportunities will be distributed fairly and also allow for a good circulation of traders. Bangkok eyes to expand the walking street event to other roads, such as Henri Dunant and Lat Ya, etc. The district offices in charge of the respective areas will be responsible for selecting an appropriate road to hold the event.