Chatuchak Weekend Market
Part of the market with the clock tower shown in the middle
The Chatuchak Weekend Market (Thai: ตลาดนัดจตุจักร; RTGS: talat nat chatuchak ), on Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok, is the largest market in Thailand. Also known as JJ Market, it has more than 15,000 stalls and 11,505 vendors (2019), divided into 27 sections. Chatuchak Market sells many different kinds of goods, including plants, antiques, consumer electronics, cosmetics, pets, food and drinks, fresh and dry food, ceramics, furniture and home accessories, clothing, and books.
Chatuchak Market has been open since 1942. In 1948, Prime Minister Plaek Phibunsongkhram had a policy that every province was required to have its own market. Bangkok chose Sanam Luang as the market site. After a few months, the government moved the market to Sanam Chai. The market moved back to Sanam Luang in 1958. In 1978, the government used Sanam Luang as a recreational area, so the State Railway of Thailand permitted the use of land on the south side of Chatuchak Park as a market. By 1983, all of the merchants had moved to Chatuchak. At that time the market was called Phahonyothin Market. In 1987, its name was changed to Chatuchak Market.
The clock tower is a distinctive landmark in the Chatuchuk Market. It was built in 1987 on the occasion of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 60th birthday on 5 December 1987, a cooperative effort of the market administration and Thai-Chinese Merchant Association.
Monthly stall rent for vendors at the market ranges from 10,600 to 17,700 baht. A University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) study found that most merchants have been selling at the weekend market for four to six years and have an average sales revenue of 139,500 baht per month.
Trade in illegal wildlife
In a survey conducted on 28–29 March 2015, researchers counted 1,271 birds of 117 species for sale in 45 shops or stalls. Of the total, nine species were listed as "Threatened" on the IUCN Red List and eight species as "Near Threatened".:24-29
- Clothing and accessories (sections 2–6, 10–26)
- Handicrafts (sections 8–11)
- Ceramics (sections 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 25)
- Furniture and home decor (sections 1,3,4,7,8)
- Food and beverage (sections 2, 3, 4, 23, 24, 26, 27)
- Plants and gardening (sections 3, 4)
- Art and galleries (section 7)
- Pets and 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)
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