‘Creative Industry, Gift for MOM’ at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market
This month’s topic of the Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem (คลองผดุงกรุงเกษม) market is all about presents and gifts for moms since H.M. Queen Sirikit’s birthday and Thai Mother’s Day is on 12th August. The market is situated next to the Government House in Bangkok’s Old City.
This canal market festival will take place until the end of this year featuring a different theme each month. In the previous months, the market featured topics like ‘Fruits & Vegetables’, “Plants, Flowers and Fish” and different ‘Thai Herbs, Massage & Remedies’. The main focus is on the preservation and presentation of Thai culture and ‘Thainess’.
Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market
The event ‘Creative Industry, Gift for MOM’ takes place from 3-23 August 2015, daily from 10 am to 7 pm. The market offers something for everyone: There you can find various selections of inexpensive factory products but also fine handicrafts, jewellery and many Thai wisdom products. In addition, you may get a free haircut and free gift wrapping for a purchasing of 300-500 Bath.
The market offers a variety of useful basic foods and foodstuffs like fresh eggs, palm oil and sugar. Eggs are basic foods because they are rich in protein, help prevent macular degeneration, prevent cataracts and are rich in nine species of amino acid. Similarly, sugar is also essential for the function of body organs and tissues since they all require energy from sugar.
What is more, you also find a variety of processed foods at the market. Hence, there are the well-known Pantai Norasing Products such as Suki sauce, Plum sauce, Oyster sauce, Sweet sauce, Chili sauce & paste and many more condiments.
A special treat is Kanom KO. This is a snack made of glutinous rice flour and roasted wheat flour mixed with water and sugar. Kanom KO may also be prepared with some other ingredients like minced mung beans, minced sesame or some flavours mixed with the flour. Thus, the snack can either be prepared plain or filled with many flavours. This interesting snack can be pressed in a variety of shapes such as squares, circles and ovals.
However, you may also treat yourself to some fine food like steamed shrimp dumplings which are Chinese dumplings served with chili sauce, sweet soy sauce mixed with chili. So delicious 🙂
Well, what are the special gifts for moms? For instance, the market offers quality ‘health’ shoes for comfortable walking, quality lingerie by the brand Wacoal and Pueraria soap with 100% natural herbal ingredients. This special soap is very beneficial to the skin and is suitable for all skin types. It is also good for sensitive skin. What is more, this soap helps to firm the breast and makes the skin smooth and radiant.
In addition, you also find amazing Thai handicraft products at the market. For example, there is a very unique hand-woven Thai silk called ‘Preawa Silk’. This fabric is produced by the Phutai tribal group. Well indeed, it took six people and eleven months of work to create this perfect silk fabric. It has a value of 270,000 Baht.
There is also something for the children, thus learn more about the making and the art of Thai court dolls. The event features demonstrations and workshops by the Bang Sai Royal Folk Arts Center to learn molding these dolls that should reflect Siamese life in the past.
Last but not least, if you decide to get a new style, free haircuts are offered to everyone at the market festival. This is a campaign by the Beauty Association in order to celebrate and honour Queen Sirikit’s 83th anniversary.
For more information, please check out: facebook.com/khlongphadungkrungkasem. For tourists, I recommend that you print this map out and show it to a taxi driver, adding that the market is situated next to the Government House (ทำเนียบรัฐบาล).
Finally, we can say that the new market at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem is an innovative attraction in Bangkok appealing to both locals and to tourists with monthly changing topics concerning Thainess. Indeed, the fair always offers something for everyone, ranging from specific Mother’s Day gifts to Thai handicrafts, basic foods and free haircuts 🙂