I’m a bit late with this photo walk from last month, partly due to the organisers being a bit late publishing the online magazine, and partly due to life getting in the way of things (aka lack of motivation 🙂 ).
January’s walk was around the Khlong San area of Bangkok, starting at the Din Daeng ferry pier opposite Chinatown and heading through an old but increasingly gentrified part of town where multi million dollar (yes, dollar) condos tower over old wooden houses in narrow alleyways.
One of the most striking examples of this to me was at the Lhong 1919 complex, where a small dock and associated warehouses which one housed a small Chinese-Thai community of families has been turned into a tarted up tourist complex of restaurants, boutiques and galleries. I could n’t help noticing that the vast majority of signs were in English or Chinese, obviously they are aiming at the tourist market or local hi-so’s with money to spend. I guess this sort of thing is inevitable, and you cannot blame landowners for chasing the money trail by building luxury riverside condos and tourist
traps attractions, but Bangkok is turning into yet another sterile Eurasian city.
The admin of the Bangkok Photographers Facebook group are a bit fanatical about capturing memories of “old Bangkok” so many of the monthly walks go through these changing neighbourhoods, places which tourists and most local expats would not normally see.
One place that tourists venturing along the river would see is the pagoda at the Chee Chin Khor Moral Uplifting Society :
Part of a large Chinese temple complex it is very visible from the river but with no easy access apart from a zigzagging walk through the alleyways it does n’t get many white faces actually visiting.
Well worth the effort getting there though, and also worth the effort to climb up to the top floor of the pagoda ! Some more of my photos :
Or for more of the groups’ photos from the walk check out the online magazine :
(click on the centre square to see the full size version !)
Or if you happen to be in Bangkok Feb 18th the next walk is through “The real Chinatown” ….sounds interesting ! Details through the “Bangkok Photographers” Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/392520277861977.