BANGKOK — It was a blue Valentine for Bangkok’s Pak Khlong Talad yesterday, as the historic flower market sold its final roses for the holiday.
Two weeks remain before a City Hall deadline its many streetside vendors clear out to improve the flow of traffic, which will spell the end of the iconic market known for being an inexpensive place to buy flowers.
With roots as a market stretching back to the late 1700s, the market has operated 24 hours a day for six decades. It’s most packed during the festive seasons flowers play a big part in celebrating such as Valentine's, Loy Krathong and Wai Khru, when Thai students show their gratitude to teachers with flowers.
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has given them until Feb. 29 to clear out. Three locations have been arranged for vendors to relocate: inside a private building at Pak Khlong Talad, the nearby Yodpiman Flowers Market and the Song Serm Kaset Thai Market a few minutes walk north.