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] Chatuchak Market, also known as JJ Market, has more than 8000 stalls which are separated into 27 sections. Chatuchak Market has 9 kinds of goods: plants, antiques, pets, food and drinks, fresh and dry food, ceramics, furniture and home decoration, clothes, and book.[2]

Chatuchak Market is open on Saturdays and Sundays, 09:00–18:00, and Fridays 18:00–24:00. Chatuchak Market can be reached by the sky train (BTS) at Mo Chit Station and taking exit no.1. Another way to get to the market is by taking the subway (MRT) to Chatuchak Park Station take exit no.1. [3] Moreover, taxis, buses and vans can reach Chatuchak Market. Cars can be parked at Chatuchak Park Ride and they have shuttle buses between the parking lots and Chatuchak Market.

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.[4]


Chatuchak Market has been open for more than 60 years since 1942.[5] In 1948, when Jompol Por Pibulsongkraam was prime minister, he had a policy in which every province was required to have their own market. However, Bangkok chose Sanam Luang to be held as the market. After a few months, the government had to move the market to Sanam Chai, but finally the market moved back to Sanam Luang in 1958. Later in 1978, the government used Sanam Luang as a recreational area, so the State Railway of Thailand donated the land at the south side of Chatuchak Park to establish as a market. By 1983, all of the merchants had moved to Chatuchak completely. [Moreover, at that time the market was called Phahonyothin market.] In 1987, they changed the name of the market to “Chatuchak Market” and have used it until now.[6]

Clock tower[edit]

The clock tower is a meeting point in Chatuchak Market. It was built in 1987 on the occasion of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 60th Birthday Anniversary on 5 December 1987, in the cooperation of the Market Administration and Thai-Chinese Merchant Association.[7]

27 section of Chatuchak Market[edit]

  • Clothing & Accessories (sections 2–6, 10–26)
  • Handicrafts (sections 8–11)
  • Ceramics (sections 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 25)
  • Furniture and Home Decoration (sections 1,3,4,7,8)
  • Food and Beverage (sections 2, 3, 4, 23, 24, 26, 27)
  • Plants and Gardening tools (sections 3, 4)
  • Art and Gallery (section 7)
  • Pets and Pet Accessories (sections 8, 9, 11, 13)
  • Books (sections 1, 27)
  • Antiques and Collectibles (sections 1, 26)
  • Miscellaneous and Used Clothing (sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 22, 25, 26)[3]



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