Category: Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is the political and economic center of North Thailand. The city was founded in 1292. It was the capital of a kingdom that was later on called Lanna, literally meaning “one hundred thousand rice fields”.  It was occupied by the Burmese from 1558 until 1774. The Burmese occupation and the wars following it left the city in ruins and depopulated. Under King Kawila the city started the recovery to its former glory. Chiang Mai gradually became integrated in the new nationstate Siam in the early 20th century. The arrival of the railroad in 1922 changed the city.

British Consulate outside

The Chiang Mai British Consulate

The Service 1921 Restaurant and Bar of the Anantara Chiang Mai Resort once was the Chiang Mai British Consulate. The first consulate building was constructed on this plot of land of seven rai, a...

Wat Chedi Luang, the big stupa

Wat Chedi Luang (lit. temple of the big stupa) is a Buddhist temple in the historic centre of Chiang Mai, Thailand. The current temple grounds were originally made up of three temples — Wat...

The New Chansom Memorial Bridge Chiang Mai Then and Now

The new Chansom Memorial Bridge

The Chansom Memorial Bridge, one of the landmarks of Chiang Mai, has been reconstructed. The reopening took place on Sunday, August 14, 2016. The first bridge on this location was the Khua Kula bridge...

First Nawarat Bridge

The First Nawarat Bridge

The first Nawarat Bridge This blog is about the first Nawarat Bridge. The current Nawarat Bridge is the third bridge that was constructed at this location. The bridge connects the east and the west...

The Yong Chiang Building

The Yong Chiang Building The Yong Chiang building is located at the Upakut intersection, named after Wat Upakut. The house is on the corner of Thapae and Wichayanon roads, address 2-4 Wichayanon road. A Chinese...

The Chansom Memorial Bridge

After the collapse of the Khua Kula in 1932 there had been no permanent bridge connecting the Wat Ket area with the Kad Luang area. There are pictures of a bamboo bridge on this...

Picture by Morinosuke Tanaka. Teak logs piled up.

Khua Kula, the first Ping River bridge

Khua Kula, the first Ping River bridge   Khua Kula (ขัวกุลา) was a teak wooden bridge on the current location of the Chansom Memorial footbridge. Dr. Marion A. Cheek, an American missionary doctor, designed and built this...

Sri Nakorn Ping Cineman

Sri Nakorn Ping Cinema

Sri Nakorn Ping Cinema The Sri Nakorn Ping Cinema was located close to the corner of Rachawong and Chiang Moi roads. The cinema was opened just after the end of World War Two and...