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Asiatique

Name of a night bazaar located along at the riverfront of the lower Chao Phraya River in Bangkok and situated in the former docks of the East Asiatic Company (fig.) on Charoen Krung Road (fig.). It It features ca. 1,500 shops and stalls, and 40 restaurants, most of which are housed in the former warehouses. Other historical items include an old sawmill, a WWII bomb shelter, and a replica of Bangkok's former tram system. The site is also host to the Bangkok Ferris Wheel, a 60 meter high sky wheel (fig.), as well as a number of entertainment venues, such as Calypso Cabaret (fig.) and the Joe Louis (Jo Liu) Puppet Theater (fig.). The site is fully known as Asiatique The Riverfront and opened in April 2012 as a substitute for the Suan Lum Night Bazaar near Lumphini Park (fig.), which had shut down in 2010.