Chula’s Art, Park, Dragon & Theatre

Recently I read the following news item:

'To celebrate the 36th anniversary of Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, the university has launched Chula Art Town, a public street art and graffiti project to light up the walls of Siam Square, Suan Luang and Sam Yan neighborhoods.'

I’d been in that area last year so this looked like an excellent opportunity for a new visit.

Last Saturday I set off early by various modes of transport, arrived at Chula Soi 15 and started walking while following a rough map.

The Sam Yan area especially is going through a massive upheaval, some parts still old (and in some cases decrepit), others have been demolished and are waiting for the next phase.

Along the way I made a slight detour in order to go for a short nature walk…

One of the better initiatives of Chulalongkorn University is its Centenary Park (2017), designed as a multi-functional “urban forest”, complete with a constructed wetland, a rain garden, retention pond and an underground water drainage system.

It provides excellent views of the area as well but still is not that much frequented by either locals or tourists, at least not during the few times I've been there.

More street art was to be found in Suan Luang which has undergone dramatic changes as well; Soi Chula 5 has almost morphed into an avenue with the old neighborhood on one side and a brand-new Chinese style Dragon Town on the other!

This last development is odd to say the least, really makes you wonder whether you’re actually still in Thailand or not!

Despite its fancy looks most of the buildings are still not finished and/or empty, not a good sign…

From there it’s a relatively short walk to Siam Square and its renovated Lido Theater, plenty to see on both floors, take your time and enjoy!

As expected it was a bit of a puzzle but good fun, seeing both old and new street art of various quality but always colorful, I’m looking forward to see more of these projects!

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