For a taste of Bangkok’s flourishing contemporary art scene, visit Cho Why in the city’s old Chinatown district. This gallery takes an interactive, engaging approach to sharing art; many of their events spill out into the street rather than remain behind closed doors. Cho Why is located on Soi Nana, which is a five-minute walk from the Hua Lamphong MRT Subway Station.
The owners have dubbed Cho Why an “art space” rather than a traditional gallery. They have recently hosted a slew of fun events, including a craft beer fair, film screenings, and street entertainment. The renovated shophouse is also home to a number of ongoing projects, including photography installations and selling art for charity. While this art space seems to attract a younger, hipper crowd, there are visitors from all walks of life with whom you are bound to strike up an interesting conversation. Cho Why does not have established hours, so visit their Facebook page for upcoming events. It’s a common sight to see the art collective behind Cho Why open the downstairs area of the shophouse as a makeshift bar.
- MRT: Hua Lamphong
- Address: 17 Soi Nana, Charoenkrung Road, Yaowarat