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Once known as the World Trade Center, Central World Plaza belongs to Central Pattana, the owner of the Central Department Store chain.  One of the biggest retail store chains in Southeast-Asia.

Central World Plaza is located in Ratchaprasong, one of the most dynamic spots in Bangkok.  During the 70′s, Ratchaprasong was one of the two shopping arcades in Bangkok along with Siam Square.  Opposite the arcade was Daimaru Department Store, drawing shoppers with the first escalators in Thailand.  This area was so trendy that Bangkok people showed up in the hottest fashion taken out from the latest fashion magazines.  You could even see people in hats and boots!  Yes, they dressed quite wild in those days.  However, the area lost attraction not long after Daimaru shut down its business.  The shopping arcade was tear down and turned into a huge shopping complex known as, the World Trade Center.

The World Trade Center lasted several years until taken over by Central Pattana and renamed to Central World Plaza.  The new owner plans to bring Ratchaprasong back to its “good old Bangkok days.”  With an investment of 26,000 million Baht, Central World Plaza boasts as the “Asia Premier Shopping Paradise” targeting 70 million shoppers a year.  It houses a five star Centara Grand At Central World Hotel Bangkok, a world class conference center, a lifestyle shopping mall, etc.  There is also Thailand’s only existing Japanese department store, Isetan, accommodating the only Japanese food court in Bangkok on the 5th. floor.  Central World Plaza also stands out for its award winning supermarket as Asia’s best food store, Central Food Hall.

With neighboring Siam Paragon merely 10 minutes walk from Central World Plaza, this area is no doubt the hottest retail battle field in Bangkok.  And they’re both are worth a visit!

Rating 5/5

Review
Central World Plaza focuses more on trendy casual labels like Giordano, FCUK, Guess, Camper, MNG, etc.  If you’re looking for classy fashions like Salvatore Ferragamo, Todd, Marc Jacobs, you better go to Siam Paragon, just nearby.  Central World Plaza is very relaxing and unpopulated compared to others of the same class.  This is the only shopping mall to house the only existing Japanese department store in Thailand, Isetan.  Isetan is popular by many shoppers due to its simple and friendly settings.

Finding your way in Central World Plaza can be confusing.  Some people have a hard time finding the shops.  Some couldn’t even find their way back to the shops they plan to go later.  Although each floor is well categorized for cellular phones, sportswear, furniture, and so forth, finding your way between different zones here required a good sense of direction.  The award winning Central Food Hall supermarket located on the 7th. floor can be a bit uncomfortable when you have to carry your things down to the ground floor despite using the elevator.

Central World Plaza is ideal for
-Shoppers 5/5
-Japanese shoppers 5/5
-Eaters (7th floor, and 5th and 6th floor in Isetan) 4/5
-Supermarket shoppers (7th. floor) 4/5
-Moviegoers (7th. floor) 4/5

A one stop mega shopping complex occupying 800,000 sq. meters housing Zen and Isetan department stores, restaurants, cinemas, etc. Central World Plaza
Central World Plaza is the hottest spot in Bangkok for the new year count down.  All bordering roads are closed and become car-free.  Nevertheless, what takes over the cars are the people resulting a pedestrian traffic jam!  The stopwatch on the top of Baiyoke, Thailand’s tallest building serves as a new year count down clock. Central World Plaza
Central World Plaza was immensely hit by the grand opening of Siam Paragon in December 2005.  The new neighbor, boasts as a world class shopping mall, is only 10 minutes walk away.  Central World Plaza made its supersonic change with a huge renovation project. Renovation, Central World Plaza
Renovation in August 2006.
The new award winning Central World Plaza, brighter, more spacious, and relaxing. Central World Plaza

Getting to Central World Plaza
- Siam BTS skytrain station (Cen): Exit 5
- Chit Lom BTS skytrain station: Exit 1 (Recommended)

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