The Book Mark ISSUE 1.1 (Eng)

ISSUE 1.1 26.6.2016 THAI ENGLISH

A SLOW DAY starting just about brunch hours can kick off with arresting wood shadow, Thai chicken biryani, the legacy of the New Road and a chill-out at Hotel Art Fair 2016.

LIFEFORMS : New Works in Wood by Nucharin Wangphongsawasd is on view at SERINDIA GALLERY O.P. Garden, Soi Charoen Krung 36. Inspired by formation of lives in nature, Nucharin executed her sculptures using various bent lamination techniques and assembly. Every piece truly challenges our ways of seeing and would leave us wondering if it is the drawing with wood shadows, an elk or a novel model of an architecture. (Until June 30.)

In need of a good brunch? The authentic Thai chicken/mutton biryani at Chew’s (means tiny) won’t let you down. The tiny shop is just around the corner of Charoen Krung 43. If you overheard the shopkeeper saying ‘many take-aways per person aren’t possible’, don’t be surprised. He’s simply being direct. His biryani is a delicacy of the area, and serving hours is short, from 11 am to around 1 pm only. And just the opposite side, Hong-Huad shop has rich coconut ice cream for cooling down. Both shops are in business for several decades to count, don’t miss this!

Every nook and cranny of the area is pleasant to walk and explore. Soi Charoen Krung 36  (Soi Rong Phasi) has recently gotten a new name, RUE DE BREST, to commemorate the diplomatic relation between Siam and France.The Charoen Krung road itself was built during King Mongkut reign by the request of European expats living in the area. It was the first road in Bangkok built with western civil engineering, completed in 1864. The road was formerly called New Road among the Europeans and Sin-pa-low by the Chinese before acquired the official name Charoen Krung.

Taking bus Number 1 to Tha Tian means that you are following the route of old expats in-bound. And tram used to operate along the route between 1888-1968. Unfortunately, the last historical remnant of tram track in Talad Noi area was covered with new layer of asphalt late last year. While other parts of Bangkok are drastically changed, Charoen Krung is still lingering in time both in spirit and its architectures. Thai Architecture Elements series by prominent Thai architect Nithi Sthapitanonda and team, is a very valuable set of source  books to consult while exploring. And if authentic Thai cuisine becomes intriguing Thai Curry and Thai Stir-fry in the Thai Easy Cooking series are on our shelf to help.

If you want to get a closer look at art in a causal atmosphere, Hotel Air Fair 2016 is in its third edition at AD LIB Bangkok, Sukhumvit Soi 1. (Until 10 pm, June 26) And don’t miss to check­in at Serindia Gallery on 4th floor. All profits after artists’ fees will be donated to ART.for.CANCER by comeonireal and will be distributed to Siriraj Foundation, Rama Thibodi Foundation and National Cancer Foundation.