The Best Street Art In Bangkok And Where To Find It

The Best Street Art In Bangkok And Where To Find It

Street art may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think about Bangkok. But, thanks to Bukruk Urban Arts Festivals in 2013 and 2016 which involved artists from all over the globe as well as Thailand creating masterpieces all over the city, all that is changing. The city is overflowing with emerging, worldwide renowned artists such as Alex Face and Mue Bon. With so much urban art to see in a city of 8 million people, finding it can be challenging. So here is some of the best urban art in Bangkok and where to find it.

Where To Start?

Getting around the city can be difficult, so unless you’re here for an extended period, you may have to sacrifice certain places. The sites in this list are mainly split into two areas, so as you get the best out of your street art fill.

Chalerm La Park: The Best Street Art Park

wall of a house covered in street art
Just One Of The Walls At Chalermala Park

Charlem La Park is as good a place to start as any. It was the leading site for the Bukruk Festival in 2016. The entire park is plastered with some of the best street art in Thailand with pieces by artists such as Alex Face. Although many of the original works of art remain, such as the one above, many pieces have been painted over, giving the park a fresh, ever-evolving look.

Nowhere in this park is safe from a spray canister. It’s a great spot to catch a bit of shade from the sun and, of course, to get that all-important Instagram shot!

street art on a wall in a park
Another bright and beautiful wall at Chalerm La Park

Khlong Saen Saep: An Urban Art Canal

A short 5-minute walk from Chalerm La Park is one of Bangkok’s many canals, Khlong Saen Saep. Along this canal, street art can be found covering seemingly every centimetre of the walls along either side. Much of the art along here doesn’t seem to be ‘official’, but the whole area is covered wonderfully by street art, graffiti, and stickers. Although it gives the impression of being an unofficial area for street art, the work is no less impressive. As well work by little know artists you can find several pieces by well-known artists from all over the world.

A Man walking in front of some street art next to a canal.
Canal Art

The art along the canal stretches for quite some way so be prepared for a bit of a walk if you want to see it all. But if a long walk is out of the question, you will get more than enough of your street art fill in the first 400 metres. Keep walking down one side of the canal until you reach a small bridge which will allow you to head back the way you came.

a house next to a canal coverd in graffiti and street art.
Even the buildings are not safe from a spray can

Although most of the art along here is by artists relatively unknown outside of Thailand, you’ll still spot a few works by revered street artists such as this one by Alex Face. Sadly, it seems to have seen better days but that’s the draw back with urban art.

a piece of old street art that is started to fade due to age.
The fate of much street art

Soi Charoenkrung

The second area to get your street art fix in Bangkok is along Soi Charoenkrung and into the city’s China Town. The long road, just a stone’s throw from the river stretches from Sapan Taksin Pier and into China Town, but the main area for street art is on three roads that branch off. You can find brilliant street art down soi’s 28, 30, and 32, and all are within a 10-minute walk radius.

If you’re walking from Sapan Taksin pier (the easiest way to describe how to get there) towards Talad Noi in China Town the first soi you came across is 32. This is the main centre for street art in this area. You will find lots of pieces of street art by artists from all over the world. The whole one end of the street feels like an outdoor gallery with one piece after another lined up until you reach the river.

street art on a wall
Mue Bon

Along this small soi, is street art from some of Thailand’s best artists including the one above by Mue Bon. You will also find more by Alex Face, pictured below. In many people’s opinion, this is the best place for street art in Bangkok and it’s hard to disagree.

an image of street art with an old bicycle parked in front of it
Alex Face
Bonus TMC
street art on a wall with disused tyres in front of it
Kaldea

You’ll also find lots of street food stalls along the road, so it’s not too bad a place to grab a bite to eat before the short walk to Talad Noi.

Talad Noi

To get from Soi 32 to Talad Noi you can take a shortcut past Warehouse 30, a contemporary art gallery. As you make your way you will walk past the stunning piece of artwork below by Portuguese artist Vhils. Rather than using paints of any kind, Vhils unique style involves him hammering the image into the wall.

A further 10-minute walk will take you into the area known as Talad Noi in China Town.

Talad Noi is one of Bangkok’s oldest neighbourhoods, with narrow, winding alleyways and roads. The area is full of premises whose primary line of business seems to be in old car parts. Old engines and any other part of a car you can think of stacked up high along the small soi’s. Talad Noi is also home to a treasure trove of street art.

image of street art surrounded by mechanical parts
Street Art – Talad Noi Style

The best way to experience the street art in this area is to wander around the narrow lanes. You may feel lost but you’ll always find a surprise or two. Whether by fault or design some of the best urban art here is very much off the beaten track. One place you should definitely look for is San Chao Rong Kueak Alley. It may be a bit of a challenge to find but you’ll be rewarded with lots of street art.

a long wall covered with lots of different pieces of street art
Talad Noi Street Art

Some of the works along the narrow soi’s are much smaller than usual, and you’ll find some in obscure places. You will never know what may be hiding behind doors or window shutters. The art-hunting all adds to the sense of excitement when you do finally spot one. You may even get some of it confused with the many cats that make this area their home.

a cat sitting in front of a wall which has another image of a cat drawn on it
Two Cats or a Shadow

Song Wat Road

If you’ve still got some energy left to burn head onto Song Wat Road and the short walk along the Chao Phraya River to the two final pieces. They’re both to be found in an unassuming car park on the side of the road. But there is nothing unassuming about the art. On your left are two elephants by Roa, a Belgian graffiti artist who typically paints animals that are native to the location. Directly opposite you’ll find Blue Bicycles by Spanish street artist Aryz.

The street art scene in Bangkok is full of joy and originality, and one that only seems to be getting greater. A day in Bangkok looking for street art is a must for anyone with a love of art. If you would like any more information on how to find some of the art shown above, please feel free to contact me, I’ll be happy to help.

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. The one with the elephants is pretty amazing. Are the artists commissioned or are they fly-by-night artists? Iā€™m afraid my knowledge of street art and the people who make it is rather lacking…

    1. It’s a bit of a mix. Most, if not all of the big ones are commisioned but the smaller stuff is done under the cover of darkness. I’m only just discovering that I have still so much to see!

      1. I wonder how much they get paid . . .

  2. Rivergirl says:

    Fabulous! Truly works of art…. love the bird with spray paint cans.
    šŸ‘

    1. Yep, I like that one too. So much amazing work all over the place in Bangkok.

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