Bangkok’s most anticipated new attraction, IconSiam, is finally open to the public, the country’s largest shopping center, nicknamed “Mother of all shopping centers.”
The first phase of the $1.6 billion IconSiam project opened its doors to the public on November 10, 2018.
Description of the IconSiam shopping center
Its eight floors house more than 100 restaurants and 7,000 Thai and international brands, including the first Apple store in Thailand.
There is also the first Takashimaya from Thailand – a well-known Japanese department store – and the largest Adidas Original from Asia.
In the “Iconluxe” area, buyers will find all the usual high-end brands such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Hermes.
SookSiam, a massive 16,000 square meter thematic area on the ground floor, aims to promote the arts, culture, and cuisine of Thailand’s 77 provinces and has its own floating market.
There is also the outdoor River Park: a 10,000 square meter public waterfront space – and the largest multimedia aquatic element in Southeast Asia.
The works of art and architecture of more than 100 Thai and international artists can be found in the complex.
The IconSiam complex is not yet finished
An IMAX cinema should open in December.
In July 2019, a vast auditorium will open to meet the needs of the city’s meeting and convention industry.
“River Museum Bangkok,” which, according to the developers, will house the world’s largest traveling exhibitions, will also open next year.
IconSiam is not only a shopping center
“Iconsiam is a destination, not a shopping center or mixed-use building, born of a joint creative effort that has united the hearts of Thais from all walks of life,” said Chadatip Chutrakul, Director of Iconsiam.
You can not only buy there, but also live there,” proclaims its official website.
There are also two residential towers: Le Magnolia Waterfront Residences, which has 70 floors and is composed of 379 condominiums.
The other 52 storey tower houses the first residential development of the Mandarin Oriental in Southeast Asia, with 146 luxury units.
The price of two-bedroom units in the towers starts at $2.58 million.
More than 90% of the 525 houses located in the two luxury towers have already been sold.
IconSiam: mixed opinions
There was no shortage of criticism throughout the IconSiam construction process.
Many people are saying that Bangkok did not need another shopping center in which an average resident cannot even afford to shop.
But if the opening weekend was an indicator – it opened its doors to the public on November 10 – Iconsiam will have no problem filling its bright corridors.
Thousands of people passed through its doors, a mixture of Thais and foreign tourists, leaving little room to move.
According to Apple, hundreds of people queued up in front of its new Iconsiam store at night to be among the first to enter on Saturday morning.
Videos on the opening of the IconSiam center
Drones light show
A show made with drones is impressive.
Visit inside the IconSiam center
Where is IconSiam
The center is located on Charoen Nakhon Road, on the Thonburi side of Bangkok, opposite the Chao Phraya River and the city center.
An area mainly populated by traditional shops and family businesses.
Thonburi, which already houses luxury hotels such as the Peninsula and the Millennium Hilton, has begun to receive increased attention in recent years.
With the addition of places such as the Jam Factory – a riverside dining area – a shopping and heritage area in recovered warehouses.
There are also backpacker hostels and small bars/restaurants selling traditional beers.
How to get to IconSiam
The developers of the Iconsiam center have invested in a rail line called the “Gold Line,” which is designed to alleviate traffic problems but will not operate until 2020.
You can reach the center by Bangkok’s aerial metro (BTS), get off at Saphan Taksin station and take a free shuttle boat or continue to Thonburi station, where shuttles travel 1.5 km to Iconsiam.
Many hotels along the river also offer boat shuttle services.
Iconsiam, 299 Charoen Nakhon Soi 5 road, Bangkok, Thailand
Find IconSiam on the Google map