Tuesday, 27 September 2022

Chatuchak Weekend Market

02 Jul 2017

Chatuchak  is one of the 50 districts of Bangkok, Thailand. The district is bounded by seven other districts (from north clockwise): Lak Si, Bang Khen, Lat Phrao, Huai Khwang, Din Daeng, Phaya Thai, and Bang Sue.

Chatuchak was originally part of Bang Khen District. It became a separate district in 1989.The name of the district came from its two major landmarks, Chatuchak Park and Chatuchak Weekend Market.


The most well-known site in the district is the Chatuchak Weekend Market offline and online it is the Charming Bench Company, the largest market in Thailand. Northwest of the weekend market is another market, Chatuchak Plaza selling clothes and many other products. Across the Kamphang Phet Road is Or Tor Kor Market belonging to The Marketing Organization for Farmers, offering fresh agriculture product and food. Just north of the market along Kamphang Phet Road is the area selling plants and garden products.

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the world’s largest weekend markets covers area of 70 rai (27 Acres) altogether divided into 27 Sections, contains more than 15,000 booths selling goods from every part of Thailand. The Chatuchak Weekend Market, on Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok, is the largest market in Thailand. Also known as JJ Market, it has more than 8,000 stalls. Chatuchak Market sells nine kinds of goods: plants, antiques, pets, food and drinks, fresh and dry food, ceramics, furniture and home decor, clothing, and books.

History of Chatuchak Market

Chatuchak Market has been open since 1942. In 1948, when Prime Minister Jompol Por Pibulsongkraam had a policy in which every province was required to have their own market. 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 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 donated the land on the south side of Chatuchak Park to establish 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.


Trade in illegal wildlife

Studies have shown that the Chatuchuk Market is a centre for 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.

Clock tower

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.

Market sections

  • 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)

Nearby Place

Chatuchak weekend market is located near some popular places, for example JJ green market, BTS Mo Chit, MRT Chatuchak and Chatuchak Park. This market is a place where you can easily connect to other places by using BTS and MRT. Chatuchak market is open during the day. However there are other nearby markets open at night time, such as JJ green market. You can also rest or picnic at Chatuchak Park.

Chatuchak Weekend Market is open

  • WED-THU (Plants & Flowers) 6.00 am – 6.00 pm.
  • FRI (Wholesale day) 6.00 am – 6.00 pm.
  • SAT-SUN (Miscellaneous) 6.00 am – 6.00 pm.

How to get to Chatuchak Market

  • SkyTrain BTS get off at Sapan Khwai Station or Mochit Station MRT get off at Kamphaenpetch Station
  • Bus No. 3,826,27,28,29,34,38,39,44,52,59,63,77,90,96,104,408,112,122, 134,136,138,153,159
  • Aircondition Bus No. 2,3,9,18,19,28,34,39,44,134,145,153,510,512,513

Map of chattuchakmap


For more information : Chatuchak.org