Top choice in Northern Bangkok

What began as a private hobby for Papaya's reticent owner has snowballed over the years into a mindboggling collection of 19th- and 20th-century artefacts that occupy every inch within a warehouse-size exhibition space. Art-deco furniture, 1960s beer signage, superhero statues, Piaggio scooters, typewriters, movie projectors, love seats, TV sets, VHS players, wall clocks, storefront mannequins, lampshades – the list goes on. Many objects are technically for sale, but the owner prices them astronomically just to keep his collection from depleting.

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Nearby Northern Bangkok attractions

1. Chatuchak Weekend Market

3.65 MILES

Among the largest open-air markets in the world, Chatuchak (also referred to as 'Jatujak' or simply 'JJ Market') seems to unite everything buyable, from…

2. Clock Tower

3.65 MILES

This clock tower serves as a convenient meeting point in Chatuchak Weekend Market.

4. Or Tor Kor Market

3.72 MILES

Or Tor Kor is Bangkok’s highest-quality fruit and agricultural market, and taking in the toddler-sized mangoes and dozens of pots full of curries amounts…

5. Children's Discovery Museum

3.73 MILES

Learning is well-disguised as fun at this museum, open again after a lengthy renovation completed in 2019. The interactive exhibits range in topic from…

6. SAC Gallery

4.13 MILES

Tucked deep in a residential Th Sukhumvit side street is this vast gallery, one of the city's most ambitious art spaces. A collaboration with Paris'…

7. Numthong Gallery

4.18 MILES

This long-standing Bangkok gallery calls the increasingly hip Ari neighbourhood its home. Exhibitions, which change approximately monthly, centre largely…

8. Bangkok Doll Factory & Museum

4.39 MILES

This workshop was founded by Khunying Tongkorn Chandavimol in 1956 after she completed a doll-making course while living in Japan. Her dolls draw on Thai…