Silom Road closes for stint as walking street; 55 shops participate

stretch of Silom Road

A stretch of Silom Road, in the heart of the Thai capital’s business district, is closed to traffic Sunday from 10am to midnight to allow people to freely wander and shop in the area.

More than 100,000 people are expected to roam the usually busy road as the stretch of it between the Sala Daeng intersection in front of the Dusit Thani Hotel and Narathiwat Rajanakarin intersection closed to traffic during the period for a distance of two kilometres.

Fifty-five renowned shops, hotels and restaurants in the capital will display their products on the street while six platforms have been built temporarily to exhibit Thai culture and play, including music and Thai boxing.

According to Surakiat Limcharoen, Bang Rak district chief, more than 100,000 Thai and foreign tourists are expected to visit Silom and buy products in which more than Bt30 million is expected to change hands.

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra is scheduled to preside over the opening ceremony of the one-day closing of Silom Road while 283 rounds of fireworks will be ignited at 6.30pm.

Although it is unknown whether a similar closure of Silom Road for walking street will be held in future, it is hoped that if the event is held successfully on Sunday, concerned authorities will likely hold it again with an objective to spur tourism and shopping activities. (TNA)