Siam Square

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Coordinates: 13°44′39.95″N 100°31′59.3″E / 13.7444306°N 100.533139°E / 13.7444306; 100.533139

Siam Square

Siam Square (Thai: สยามสแควร์) is a shopping and entertainment area in the Siam area of Bangkok, Thailand. The area connects to other shopping centres and links to the other shopping districts by sky bridge, such as Siam Center/Siam Discovery Center, MBK Center, Siam Square One, Siam Paragon, Ratchaprasong shopping district and Sukhumvit Road.

Within Siam Square itself, there is a range of shops and services, including tutor schools, restaurants, cafe, designer clothing boutiques, record stores, bookshops, Hard Rock Cafe and banks. The customers vary from young-aged school and college students to office workers and foreign tourists. It is sometimes referred to as the "SoHo" or "Shinjuku of Thailand".[citation needed]

Siam Square is owned by Chulalongkorn University and is managed by its Property Management Office, known as "Chula Property".[1]

History[edit]

Siam Square

Siam Square's first buildings were constructed in 1970 on land belonging to Chulalongkorn University. The aim was to provide rental income for the university. From ordinary shop buildings, it changed to brandname shops and has attracted investors to set up other businesses like hotels, shopping centres and restaurants.

Eager to connect to Siam Square, surrounding businesses sought to make connections to the area, an air-conditioned walkway from MBK Centre being an example.

Location[edit]

Siam Square is in Pathum Wan District and is bordered by Henri Dunant, Rama I and Phaya Thai roads. Opposite across Rama I Road are Siam Paragon and Siam Center/Siam Discovery Center, which can be accessed via the Bangkok Skytrain's Siam station, as well as a pedestrian bridge; MBK Center is across Phaya Thai Road, and accessed from the Bonanza Mall, via a pedestrian bridge.

Transportation[edit]

Cinemas[edit]

The Siam Theatre.
  • Lido – a multiplex of three cinemas created out of a 1970s single-screen cinema; often runs independent films not screened elsewhere in Bangkok.[citation needed]
  • Scala – built in 1967, with around 900 seats, the Scala is Bangkok's oldest single-screen cinema.[citation needed]

A 1970s-era single-screen cinema called the Siam, along with its surrounding arcades, burnt down during the 2010 Thai military crackdown and the site is now replaced with Siam Square One Shopping Center.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chula Property". Chula Property. 2012. Retrieved 2013-02-05. 

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