MBK Center

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MBK Center
MBK mall in Bangkok Thailand photo D Ramey Logan.jpg
MBK Center
Location Pathum Wan, Bangkok, Thailand
Opening date 1985
Developer Sirichai Bulakul
Management MBK Plc. (SETMBK)
Owner Thanachart Bank & Dusit Thani Group
No. of stores and services 2,000
No. of anchor tenants 2
No. of floors 8
Website www.mbk-center.co.th
Inside MBK Center
Inside MBK

MBK Center, also known as Mahboonkrong (Thai: มาบุญครอง), is a large shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand.[1][2] At eight stories high, the center contains around 2,000 shops, restaurants and service outlets, including the 4-story Tokyu department store.[2]

The MBK Center management reports daily visitor numbers of more than 100,000, half of whom are young Thai people and a third foreign visitors.[3]

The MBK Center is popular with tourists, although the majority of shoppers are Bangkok residents. Many stores selling authentic merchandise are also available. MBK Center is connected to the Siam Discovery and Siam Paragon shopping mall by elevated walkways, both of which are more upscale and have only authentic goods.

History[edit]

MBK was the largest shopping mall in Asia when it opened in 1985. It is located on land leased from the adjacent Chulalongkorn University. This lease was renewed in 2002. MBK was named after the parents of the developer Sirichai Bulakul, Mah & Boonkrong, whose statues are located on the ground floor.

Location[edit]

MBK Center is located in Pathum Wan district, on the southwest corner of the intersection of Rama I Road and Phaya Thai Road. It is close to Siam Square, which can be reached from the second floor via a covered pedestrian bridge over Phaya Thai Road, and Siam Center and Siam Paragon, which are across Rama I Road from Siam Square.[4]

Transportation[edit]

Layout[edit]

Department store[edit]

  • The four-storey Tokyu department store is located at the northern end of MBK Center.[5]

Hotel[edit]

  • The Pathumwan Princess Hotel is located at the southern end of MBK Center.[6]

Shops and services[edit]

  • Floors 1-3: Clothing and shoes, leather goods, cosmetics and hairstyling, toys, gold and jewellery[7]
  • Floor 4: Electronics, mobile phones, CD and MP3[7]
  • Floor 5: International food hall, restaurants, furniture, photography, computing[7][8]
  • Floor 6: Food court, souvenir shops[7][8]
  • Floor 7: Cinema, bowling, karaoke[7]
  • Floor 8: Cinema

Outdoors[edit]

  • Located in 3 locations surrounding the MBK Center, there is the MBK Green Wall, which is the largest green wall of this kind in all of Thailand.

Every Wednesday Night (October-June) from 6pm-8.30pm. MBK hosts MBK Fight Night. It consists of 6 or 7 full contact Muay Thai bouts that are free to watch. Unlike Lumpini stadium or Rajadamnoen, women are also allowed to partake in the action. They have stalls set up selling fight wear and other Muay Thai goods. Facebook site MBK Fight Night Fan page has all the information regarding their events.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MBK Center". MBK Center. Retrieved January 7, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "MBK Center". AsiaWeb Direct. Retrieved January 7, 2009. 
  3. ^ "MBK FAQ". MBK Center. Retrieved January 7, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Siam Square Area Map". Bangkoksite.com. Retrieved January 7, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Tokyu Department Store". AsiaWeb Direct. Retrieved January 7, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Pathumwan Princess location". Pathumwan Princess. Retrieved January 7, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "MBK Floor Layout". MBK Center. Retrieved January 7, 2009. 
  8. ^ a b "MBK Food Court". AsiaWeb Direct. Retrieved January 7, 2009. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 13°44′44″N 100°31′48″E / 13.74556°N 100.53000°E / 13.74556; 100.53000