Chatuchak Weekend Marketplace
by Randy Magnus - photographer
About the Book
The Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok, Thailand is one of the world's largest weekend markets with 15,000 booths covering more than 27 acres. Some of the many things you can find at the marketplace is Thai silk, clothing, t-shirts, food, silk flowers, sculptures, lighting, current fashion, Buddha figures, Thai art prints, and much more, and people.
It gets crowded with over 200,000 shoppers each day on Saturday and Sunday who are looking for bargains and innovation. There are always a few new things that hit the Chatuchak Weekend Market months before you see them elsewhere. The innovative item on this trip was the toothbrush holder.
There are places to relax, to get a foot and shoulder massage, and plenty of stalls to get something to eat.
On this trip during the month of August in 2010, I was interested in what they were selling, and in how the sellers would make use their spaces. Often there was a sofa and a small table, for taking naps and eating is common as they wait for their customers to awaken them. They live in their stalls at the Weekend Market during the weekend.
It's a whole world onto itself, its the Chatuchak Weekend Market, only in Bangkok, Thailand.
Randy Magnus grew up in the Central Valley farmlands of California, and saw the cultural diversity that came into the area as the population grew. He learned to celebrate what the different cultures had to offer in the arts, food, and lifestyles. With his cameras Randy would document the cultural celebrations, showing the pride in what sets each culture apart, perserving a part of their unique heritage to share with others. Randy Magnus has work in several museums, including MOMA in New York City, the Oakland Museum, and the Achenbach Print Collection at the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco. He has had one-man shows in San Francisco, New York, and Amsterdam. .