One Afternoon at the Art Museum | MOCA, Bangkok

Driving to north for about an hour from the center of Bangkok, MOCA, the Museum of Contemporary Arts, is right beside the busy road full of constructions. You will see the big white building in modern style standing among others. Inside the building, you can see it was built very recently, looking modern and calm. You don’t hear the sound of busy road right outside. Having excitements and wonder what it’s gonna be like to see the contemporary arts painted by Thai people, we started the tour.

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The building was 6 stories high. We started from the 1st floor, looking each work closely, and went to the next floor. Every one of the pieces was different and interesting. Some of them are strongly influenced by Thai culture featuring Buddha and other religious images, and others describe the people’s normal lives in Thailand. Sometimes sarcasms were included in the picture: we enjoyed perceiving what the painters were trying to express in each work. By the time we reached to the top floor, 3 hours had passed. We had no idea we had spent such a long time: we completely lost track of time.

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Being satisfied with the entire museum tour, we left the place. It was a nice little afternoon having a glimpse of a cultural aspect of Thailand. Now I get the reason why many of my friends who also went to MOCA were saying that it’s a nice place to visit. The museum still has the capacity to store more paintings, so I’m looking forward to appreciating more of the artistic work!

 

Place: MOCA Bangkok (Google Maps)

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Bangkok’s Abandoned Building | Ghost Tower, Bangkok

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Being affected by the Asian economic crisis in 1997, the Sathorn Unique Tower, which is now called ‘Ghost Tower’, was left undone. It was supposed to be one of the most luxury condos in Bangkok. Now it is completely empty, except for concrete platforms, pillars and debris on the floor. Only wind and people’s footsteps break the silence. Some people believe the existence of the ghosts. Eventually, homeless people and street dogs started to live in. Now this haunted tower is famous among the locals and tourists. It became one of the top tourist attractions in Bangkok, because of the view from the top.

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This 49 stories building, standing beside the Chaophrayah River, offers a great overview of Bangkok’s skyline. There are not many tall buildings around so you can enjoy 360 degrees of panorama. Everyday, many tourists come here and spend time on the top, drinking beer and admiring the view. Some photographers climb up to catch the moments of sunrises and sunsets.

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In order to get inside the building, you have to bribe local people who have the key, so you can go inside and they won’t call the police. It is normally around 100-200B. After you reached to the beginning of the stars, you just climb up, all the way up to the 49th floor. The staircase is dark and narrow, so you have to be careful not to fall. As the stairs are filled with debris, you will need to use a flashlight.

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After climbing all the way up to the top, there’s an open space. You can walk around and enjoy the view from every angle. However, that’s not the end. There is a ‘very top’ of this building, where you have to climb the dangerous ladder hanging on the edge of concrete. You can see far away down the ground on your side. You might possibly fall. As fighting with those unwelcome thoughts, I eventually made to the very top.

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There are just a concrete platform and a wall on one side, filled with spray arts. Chaophrayah River is in front of your eyes, and sunset up the sky. People, cars, and boats… everything is small and moving slowly in distance. You don’t even hear the noise of this busy city that you’re in; it just feels so good.

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This abandoned building is a great place to experience something unusual, if you get bored with the city life in Bangkok. It offers the great view, and it makes you forget about your struggles and worries of the day. It’s a place you can refresh, and start a new day tomorrow.

Place: Sathorn Unique Tower (Google Maps)

 


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