Capturing Culture at a Mall in Bangkok, Thailand
Temples, jungles, and beaches aside, perhaps nothing says more about current high Thai culture than this shopping mecca. The Siam Paragon godzilla mall in Bangkok is modern Thailand exemplified: from design (an entire floor of Thai chic furniture) to American influence (pick between four Starbucks) to automotive opulence (in case you can’t decide between a Lamborghini or Ferrari, this mall sells both). You arrive on the Skytrain, shop organically at its market, and lay back in loveseats in luxury movie theaters. If wats and monuments showcase Thailand’s past, this palace reveals something about where it’s going.