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05 June 2010 :: 18:06:24 pm 23937

Bangkok’s ‘Together We Can’ Shop-a-thon Begins Saturday

An entire stretch of Bangkok’s Silom Road will be closed over the weekend as the government initiated ‘Together We Can’ shopping extravaganza kicks-off.
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Bangkok, the 5th of June 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Organised to in some way benefit the street vendors and businesses affected by the recent 2-month long political protests in the capital, the ‘Together We Can’ event officially kicked-off at 10am on Saturday and is due to run until 8pm on Sunday night.

One half of the four-lane Silom Road, between Henry Durant Road and Chulalongkorn University has been closed to motorists for the weekend to further support the shopping spectacular. Over 700 street vendors and entrepreneurs have been invited to setup stalls selling anything from food to clothes and household goods.

The 1.2 kilometer stretch of road will operate as a shopping arcade over both Saturday the 5th and Sunday the 6th of June between 10am and 8pm on both days. The Silom road is set to fully reopen to motorists by 3am on Monday the 7th.

The Bangkok Municipal Administration governor Mr. Sukhumbhand Paribatra is scheduled to officially open the event at 5pm Saturday, which is officially being hailed as the ‘Together We Can’ shopping fair. The fair is aimed at repairing some of the damage done to Bangkok businesses and street vendors during the destructive end to the 2-month political protests in the capital.

Over 40 buildings were set on fire and looted by aggrieved protesters following the surrender of their leaders to police to avoid further bloodshed in the governments push to disband the gathered anti-government group. One of the buildings completely destroyed in the chaos was the Central World shopping center, the biggest in Thailand and the second largest in the South-East Asian region.

Due to the heavy traffic expected in the area, travelling tourists and citizens not wanting to participate in the fair are encouraged to use either the BTS Skytrain of the bus and taxi services of Bangkok, who have been directed to avoid the area near the Siam Square and Saladaeng intersections over the weekend.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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