Like most other Asian capitals, Bangkok doesn’t have a lot of street art. But there is some. The city is home to a healthy community of artists, many of whom are just as likely to get their work into a gallery or be invited to paint inside a hotel as they are to make their mark under the cover of darkness with a backpack full of cans. The image of street art has evolved especially fast here, having been promoted in just a few short years from nuisance graffiti to fundamental element of a city that is hot on urban trends.
There is street art scattered throughout the city, but there are two good places in the centre of Bangkok to check both new and old stuff out. The first is the Saen Saep canal, just north of National Stadium BTS station. For about 300 metres, both sides of the canal are full of artwork that changes regularly, and ranges from simple tags to elaborate character paintings. There’s a canal boat station right under the bridge that will also take you to Soi Thonglor, a trendy part of town where some other street art is hidden.
The second place is a small park on Phayathai Road, just south of Ratchatewi BTS station. This was a major site during the Bukruk festival, Bangkok’s first major street art festival held in February and March 2013. You can still see a few of the original artworks from the festival, but there’s been a lot of new stuff added over the past two years. Some of it is awesome, but unfortunately there’s also a few dickhead tags that destroy the artwork. When we were there, a group of guys were sweating their asses off playing sepak takraw, which is a crazy game that looks like only Asians would be good at. Give it a try!!
Know any other place in Bangkok for street art? Let us know in the comments!!