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Antiques & Collectibles

There is a huge market for reproductions in Bangkok, which can be a collector’s nightmare. If the real thing is what you’re after, you will be interested in OP Place, next to the Oriental Hotel. A historical landmark in its own right, the contents are simply to die for. Close by is the Rivercity complex, equally well-known for prized collectibles.

Home to fine craftsmanship and exceptional quality antiques, Thailand's always been a treasure trove for antique aficionados around the world. Since authentic Thai antiques are both rare and expensive, many antique stores in Bangkok stock both genuine antiques and more modern reproductions intended for less discerning shoppers.

Perhaps most notably of all is the Buddhist art reflecting distinctive styles of the Kingdom's past eras. Theoretically, any Buddhist statue leaving Thailand requires a certificate of approval from the Ministry of Culture. However, the dealer or shop owner would be able to assist you with this.

The River City Shopping Complex

The River City Shopping Complex is a playground for antique lovers and collectors with all of its floors dedicated to unique and exquisite antiques and collectables.

An endless choice of ancient Buddha images, ceramics, porcelain, Thai benjarong wares, pottery, Southeast Asian gold and silver ornaments, European objets d'art, sculptures, intricate wood carvings and many other rarities from around the globe are available for you to choose from.

Opening Hours: 10:00 - 20:00
Location: 23 Trok Rongnamkhaeng, Charoen Krung 30 (next to the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel)
Tel: +66 (0)2 237 0077-8
How to get there: Get on the BTS to Saphan Taksin Station. There's a free shuttle boat service to the River City available at Sathorn Pier everyday from 10:00 to 20:00.

OP Place: the Asian Heritage Shopping Centre

Constructed in 1908, OP (Oriental Plaza) Place is a historic showpiece in itself with added vintage flair such as its Neoclassic architecture and the manually operated elevator. The building houses several floors of galleries and shops selling exquisite antiques of all shapes and sizes.

Lovers of rare collectibles and crafts will be blown away by the copious collection of Asian handicrafts, antiques, jewellery, carpets, textiles, paintings, and Thai silk. Not to be missed is Ashwood Gallery, which features works ranging from 19th century Burmese alabaster sculptures to Chinese and Japanese prints.

Opening Hours: 10:30 - 18:30
Location: 30/1 Soi Charoen Krung 38 (behind the Oriental Hotel)
BTS: Saphan Taksin
Tel: +66 (0)2 266 0186

 
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