Asset World Corporation has developed a 150-year-old house on the banks of the Ping in Chiang Mai into a cultural antique mall that reflects the value of Lanna’s heritage.
Napat Charoenkul, managing director at Asset World Retail, said that the budget of Bt170 million had created the “Ancient House Chiangmai”.
Napat said: “The project was developed to preserve the Lanna’s cultural heritage so that future generations can learn the history of the region. It would cause a great disappointment if these cultural treasures are left to decay over time.
“A similar project supervised by the company is Asiatique The Riverfront, where old warehouses and sawmills belonged to the East Asiatique Company in the reign of King Rama V were transformed into a landmark that allows visitors to appreciate the glory of Thailand in the past and an unmissable destination for tourists.
“The main structure is renovated, yet still retains its Lanna heritage for the people of Chiang Mai to appreciate, to learn the stories of the glorious past of Chiang Mai as a trading centre. Old methods were employed in the renovation process in order to maintain the spirit of the house and preserve the original architecture.
“There are three new Huean Paes [Chiang Mai-style buildings specifically used as a shop]. This architecture, taking the shops in the Ket Temple area as a reference, was influenced by the trend from the Thailand’s central region during the early period of the King Rama V’s reign were constructed to house seven shops and restaurants altogether. The three Huean Paes are designed for six Chiang Mai souvenir shops for both Thai and foreign visitors, while the main house will be become the Chocolate Factory. We hope to see this site become a new destination for tourists,” added Napat.
Surapee Khanasa, general manager of Asset World Advisory, said: “The target customers of the Ancient House Chiangmai are estimated to be 70 per cent Thais who live in Chiang Mai and other provinces, and 30 per cent foreigners, including those already living in Chiang Mai and those who come to visit.”
The project is expected to generate around Bt20 million revenue per year.