This is one main gates to the old city of Chiang Mai, and a major landmark as well. Each corner and each main gate of the old ... More
Tha Pae Gate
This is one main gates to the old city of Chiang Mai, and a major landmark as well. Each corner and each main gate of the old city faces the eight main points of the compass, with one extra gate on the south side. Tha Pae Gate faces east, and is endowed with the astrological faculty of mula or prosperity. It was first called Pratu Chiang Ruak because it was situated near Chiang Ruak village when it was built in the reign of King Mangrai in 1296. Today this impressive looking Gate is a popular photo-taking spot for tourists.
This is a great place to visit on a Sunday night. The whole street from within Tha Pae Gate turns into a shopping street -- no cars allowed. Many kinds of things are sold there. One can get cheap massages there too. There are restaurants too. And of course, street food.
Had a wonderful experience when I visited the place in late Jan this year. The things happening in the middle of the street were fantastic -- an old woman singing a traditional lament, a blind man playing a muted instrument, two young girls performing northern Thai dances (so graceful and flexible!), two young men singing modern Thai songs, a young man playing Western classical tunes on a violin... Quite a "talentime"!
NOTE: Heard from locals and friends that the street could get really really really crowded sometimes. I was quite fortunate last Jan. Definitely not for the claustrophobic.
We have move to a new bigger place and our new address is 85,Samlan Road. It is 300M down south
of the old place on the same road,about 50M away of the south gate 'Suanprung'. Our brand new hip ...
The Lost Heavens tribal and primitive art gallery opened in 1988 with a little shop at the Night Bazaar. The
company has now expanded and opened a gallery, which showcases many items of traditional and ceremonial importance belonging to ...
With its black and white floor, high ceiling, bright yellow trim, stylish wrought iron furniture and numerous plants, this establishment
is brimming with a cheerful, comfortable atmosphere. Its corner location, just across Tha Pae Gate, presents an ideal spot ...