‘Local Businesses & GI Products’ at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market

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This month’s topic of the Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem (คลองผดุงกรุงเกษม) market is about ‘Local Businesses and GI (Geographical Indication) Products’. The market is situated next to the Government House in Bangkok’s Old City and takes place from 1-27 September 2015, daily from 10 am to 7 pm.

The event features high-quality products from local creative businesses such as tea from Chiang Rai and products from the Baan Naka fabric Market, for instance. There you can also find Geographical Indication products from all regions of Thailand such as Doitung and Doichang coffee, Celadon products and many more. There are also special export and agricultural products from the Community Center or Farm Outlet products. In addition, the markets presents products from The SUPPORT Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand.

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Local Businesses and GI (Geographical Indication) products at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market

Local Businesses and GI (Geographical Indication) products at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market

Thus, the first round of the event from 1-13 September features products from the North and the Northeastern region of Thailand. The second round of the event takes places from 14-27 September and is about products from Central, East, and South Thailand. For every 100 Baht purchase, you will receive a coupon for a sweepstakes prize such as airfare tickets, dining and many more prizes which are drawn every day at 6pm.

Thus, I’d like to present to you some of the amazing products you can purchase at the market. Let’s start with some marvellous handicrafts and ceramics. Do you know that Lampang province has the greatest ceramic industry in Thailand? Well, take a look at the ‘rooster bowl’ which is a symbol of Lampang. What is more, the white chicken that matches the pattern of the ‘rooster bowl’ is also symbolic of this province in Northern Thailand. However, this bowl originally came from China more than a 100 years ago.

Rooster bowl of Lampang province

Rooster bowl of Lampang province at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem market

For all jewelry lovers, make sure you check out the charming and unique ornaments created by Pasu Jewerly, an award-winning designer.

Women ornaments designed by Pasu Jewelry

Ornaments for women designed by Pasu Jewelry

The Nan province is also well-known for creating unique silver handicraft products. The special feature of Nan silver is the way it is produced, since several volumes of pure silver are layered so that the ornaments do not become too hard.

Unique silverware from Nan province

Unique silverware from Nan province is a GI (Geographical Indication) product

An art symbol of Nan province is the painting of ‘Pu Maan Ya Maan, Love whispering’. This is a famous mural painting in Phumin Temple, Nan province. What is more, it is a masterpiece of a Thailue hill tribe painter named Nhan Buaphan. The painting shows a man and a woman who are whispering. This piece of art is simply refined and outstanding.

Famous painting from Nan' Pu Maan Ya Maan , Love whispering' by a Thailue hill tribe painter Nhan Buaphan

Famous painting from Nan ‘Pu Maan Ya Maan , Love whispering’ by the Thailue hill tribe painter Nhan Buaphan

The market also offers handicraft products made from palm leaves such as baskets, fans, tissue holder and other household articles. These products from Lampang province are dyed or painted with natural colours.

Products made from palm leaves, Lampang province

Products made from palm leaves, Lampang province

There are also amazing cotton cloths dyed with natural indigo from Baan Kud Haeng. This kind of cotton is thick and makes soft, breathable fabric when woven. The price is about 200-300 Bath per meter.

Indigo dyed cloth from Baan Kud Haeng

Indigo dyed cloth from Baan Kud Haeng at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem

However, the market not only offers crafts but also plants like cactus, fruits like the Lhong Lub Lae Durian and other food products like coconut flower syrup, for example.

Cactus are popular since they are durable and inexpensive. They also absorb radiation from the PC

Cactus are popular since they are durable and inexpensive. They also absorb radiation from the PC

Lhong Lub Lae Durian. The story began when a lady named Lhong U-para from Lab Lae district took an unknown kind of Durian seed to plant and reap the fruit. She sent the fruit to a Durian Contest and also won the first place of Uttaradit Agricultural extension and development center in 1967 and later registered the line.

Lhong Lub Lae Durian. The story began when a lady named Lhong U-para from Lab Lae district took an unknown kind of Durian seed to plant and reap the fruit. She sent the fruit to a Durian Contest and won the first place of the Uttaradit Agricultural extension and development center in 1967 and later registered the line. It is a small kind of durian with dark yellow flesh and a chewy and mild texture.

Coconut flower syrup is nectar from pollen extract, rich in nutrients and minerals that are beneficial to your body, and refreshing

Coconut flower syrup is nectar from pollen extract, rich in nutrients and minerals that are beneficial to your body, and refreshing.

If you are a rice eater, check out the five kinds of healthy and delicious organic brown rice from Baan Um-saeng Community Rice Center from Srisaket province.

Organic brown rice at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem

Organic brown rice at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem

Do you know that in Northern Thailand you find many kinds of rice crackers as snacks? For instance, there are rice crackers made of dried white and black sticky rice deep fried and topped with sugar cane syrup. For generation, the recipe has been improved and developed. Thus, it is super tasty 🙂

Thai rice crackers are a local snack and thus a GI product from the North

Thai rice crackers are a local snack and thus a GI product from the North

Last but not least, there is the healty mulberry which is grown in the Northeast. Mulberry is rich in anti-oxidants which help to prevent cancer, eliminates toxins from the body, and also slows down the aging process.

Mulberry is a fruit originally from the Northeast.

Mulberry is a fruit originally from the Northeast of Thailand. Here you see mulberry drinks/juices.

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).

Map & travel info

Map & travel info

Finally, we can say that the 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 and regional specialities.

Yours, Sirinya

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