Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, in its entirety, simply screams creativity. You can feel this ambiance in every hallway, every store and every restaurant tucked away in the beautiful, winding structure. Not one single detail was overlooked in making sure that this innovative centre did everything it could to foster culture exchange in terms of content, creating a cultural dialogue and a resource for all things culture for everyone to enjoy. Visiting this venue is free, and Bangkok Art and Culture Centre has everything one needs. From cafés to restaurants, a prayer room and an art library, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre is one attraction you cannot miss.
The art centre project originally began in 1995, however, it quickly came to a halt when a new governor was elected in 2001. It was not until 2004 that yet another governor was presented the original plans for the centre that it finally took off again. Over a decade later, the centre was built. This social gathering spot has been both defining and generating culture in Bangkok since it opened.
One of our favorite shops in the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre is ECOSHOP, one of the first stores in Bangkok to dedicate its entire being to supporting the planet with its eco-friendly design products.
Not only does this store aim to save the planet, but it also searches it in hopes of finding and collecting cool, eco-friendly products. The store also welcomes all products that are innovative in design and show a special interest in the earth. Save the planet, one purchase at a time, with one of many ECOSHOP’s products.
Surrounded by so much art at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre is sure to ignite a create spark or two in you. If visiting this epic gallery makes you want to create something of your own, check out Shannta, located on the third floor. No experience is required to make your own jewelry here, and its professionals are there to guide you in creating your own masterpiece.
If jewelry is not your thing, then head down to the second floor and visit Hibiki Music Studio. If its name did not already give it away, Hibiki Music Studio offers everything from studio voice lessons to courses on how to play the violin, piano and guitar.
You do not have to leave the gallery to grab a bite to eat. There are eight different cafés and restaurants to choose from when visiting the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, including ART CAFÉ by Brown Sugar, Le Pla Daak and Artisthouse, which also has an in-house art shop selling everything from notebooks, paintings, ceramics and souvenirs.
Those of you with a sweet tooth should head to the fourth floor to find IceDEA: Idea in Ice cream. Its ice cream flavors are truly surprising, with flavors such as cigarette ice cream, wasabi ice cream and global warming ice cream.
In a structure filled with works of art and hubs designed to fuel your creativity, you might forget to take a look around at the building itself. There were four major considerations that were used in the development of the design concept. Its creators wanted a space that was flexible in how art could be displayed here. They wanted to integrate modern Thai architecture, and the high ceilings were built in order to accommodate the many works of art. Lastly, they wanted to optimize both natural and controlled light in all of their galleries.