Retro Street Party: Swing Dancers to Storm Charoen Krung

Dancers at a February swing dance event outside Phra Pathommachedi in Nakhon Pathom province. Photo: Watsamon Tri-yasakda / Courtesy

BANGKOK — If you missed the 100-plus crowd of vintage swing kids doing the Charleston around a Nakhon Pathom pagoda to jazz music earlier this year, then Lindy hop over to Charoen Krung Road later this month.

All are welcome to join when Bangkok’s swing dance community turns out May 28 for a free street dance party.

Swing dancing will take place from 6pm until 7pm in front of the deserted East Asiatic Co. building located on Soi Charoen Krung 40 near the Chao Phraya River in the capital’s Bang Rak district. The old Venetian-style building can be reached by a short taxi ride from from BTS Saphan Taksin or Chao Phraya Express Boat to Oriental Pier.

After the street frenzy finishes, a 45-minute documentary on old town Charoen Krung will be show outdoors nearby at about 7pm.

The dance and doc are part of Co-Create Charoenkrung, a project by Thailand Creative and Design Center and Thai Health Promotion Foundation to encourage cultural activities in the neighborhood.

Swing Dancing for Charoen Krung District, is open to all and free. Dancers are encouraged to dress “casual vintage.”

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Photo: Watsamon Tri-yasakda / Courtesy

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The East Asiatic Company building. Photo: Aey SrirathSomsawat / Facebook.jpg
The East Asiatic Company building. Photo: Aey SrirathSomsawat / Facebook