Bangkok Chatuchak market to be turned into night plaza

Seller at Chatuchak Market in Bangkok

Seller at Chatuchak Market in Bangkok. Image: edwin11 .

BANGKOK, 30 January 2012 (NNT) – Transport Minister Charupong Ruangsuwan has announced the project to develop the world’s largest weekend market Chatuchak Market in Bangkok as a night plaza to welcome the increasing number of foreign tourists.

The newly-appointed transport minister on Monday assured a group of Chatuchak Weekend Market vendors, who were congratulating him for his appointment, that he will continue developing the market to be of the best quality. Citing his experience in managing the market when he was Deputy Bangkok Governor from 1986-1991, Mr Charupong said he will find good and capable people to oversee the market under a budget of two billion baht to be spent on the market transformation into a night plaza.

The minister confirmed that the night plaza project will not affect the market’s old tenants and there will be no collection of tea money.

Before he took office as the transport minister, Mr Charupong was urged by a former deputy transport minister to take good care of the market after it was handed over to the ministry by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.

National News Bureau of Thailand

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