Chatuchak Weekend Market

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Part of the massive market with the clock tower shown in the middle.

Chatuchak (or Jatujak; Thai: จตุจักร) weekend market, situated on Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok, is the largest market in Thailand.[1] Frequently called J.J., it opened in 1982 and covers over 35 acres (0.14 km²) , with upwards of 15,000 stalls. It is estimated that the market receives 200,000 visitors each day.[2]

Most stalls only open on Saturdays and Sundays, though Jatujak Plaza, the western section, is open daily. In the north west corner is the J.J. Mall, with three floors of assorted oddments as well as eateries. The market offers a wide variety of products including household items, clothing, Thai handicrafts, religious artifacts, collectables, foods, and live animals.

In June 2008 the Chatuchak Market authorities introduced a complete smoking ban for the whole market, with a fine of 2,000 baht for offenders.[3]

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  1. ^ Agar, Charles (19 July 2006). Frommer's Thailand. John Wiley & Sons. p. 16. ISBN 978-0-470-04031-7. 
  2. ^ "The Hindu : Bangkok's bizarre bazaar". Hinduonnet.com. 2004-03-21. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  3. ^ "Smoking Ban for Chatuchak Market - Farang News Thailand". Farang.in.th. 2008-06-09. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 

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Coordinates: 13°48′03″N 100°33′05″E / 13.80083°N 100.55139°E / 13.80083; 100.55139