Sunday, 23rd December 2012: it’s a hot sunny afternoon at Hualampong Station, Bangkok’s Grand Central station. 11 mighty shooters gather for the first ever EyeEm Meetup in the capital of Thailand…
Here’s the full recap by N.teerapenun who organized the meetup:
The first EyeEm Bangkok Meetup took place on a very hot afternoon. Eleven passionate photographers, including a 15- and a 7-year old aspiring photographer, met up at Hualampong Station, our version of the Grand Central, where we had our only group photo under the landmark arched roof of the station.
We then made our way towards China Town, crisscrossing in and out of backalleys and side roads. While our eyes stay focused on our subjects, we made sure to watch our steps because we were venturing into potential pedestrian hazards in some areas, like the back of the famous Yaowarat fresh market, or the construction site of a new underground station near Wat Mangkorn (Dragon Temple), where a lone building that stood eerily amongst ruins of torn down shophouses, awaiting a similar fate, really struck our imagination.
China Town is a culinary heaven, where a myriad of delicacies can be found in fancy restaurants and modest street stalls alike. So, we made sure to take a break and sample some delicious treats alomg the way, and marveled at how the Old China Town in our childhood memories has changed in so many ways, yet remain the same in its atmosphere and spirit. Many old grocery stores where our mothers and grandmothers used to shop have now been given a modern twist by their third and fourth generation owners, with chic decor, especially the one with black wall-to-wall shelving and a mass of striking green woven lanterns on the ceiling. Next door is a coffee shop where classical music plays, a first in an area where Chinese Opera can be heard blaring at every street corner.
Even though we are all from Bangkok, this experience was exhilerating for us because we were looking at Chinatown from a perspective that we’d never seen before, and were seeing the many different sides of it that, well, we weren’t shown when we went grocery shopping with our moms!
& everyone else who joined! Do you want to organize an EyeEm Meetup yourself? Head over here to get started!