Antiques in Bangkok almost always refer to modern reproductions of original pieces. Genuine Thai antiques are rare and expensive. Strict government regulations and rigorous efforts are in place to curb illegal trade (of works stolen from ancient temples). Unless you’re a passionate antique collector, replicas are just as good – and probably more suitable – for decorative purposes. 

    Many stores in Bangkok stock both genuine antiques and more modern reproductions intended for less discerning shoppers. Perhaps most ubiquitous is Buddhist art reflecting distinctive styles of the Kingdom's past eras. Check out our guide to the best places to shop for antiques in Bangkok. 

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    OP Place

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    OP (Oriental Plaza) Place is a historic showpiece in itself with added vintage fixtures, neoclassical architecture, and a manually operated elevator. Constructed in 1908, the building houses several floors of galleries and shops selling exquisite antiques of all shapes and sizes. 

    Lovers of rare collectables and crafts will be blown away by the copious collection of Asian handicrafts, antiques, jewellery, carpets, textiles, paintings, and Thai silk. Not to be missed is the Ashwood Gallery, which displays works ranging from 19th-century Burmese alabaster sculptures to Chinese and Japanese prints. Around this area, you'll find several jewellery stores and shops specialising in export trade. There are some good deals in OP Place if you look hard enough.

    Location: Charoen Krung Soi 38, Charter Bank, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 266 0186

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    River City is a 4-storey mall overlooking sweeping views of the Chao Phraya River. It specialises in antiques and collectables, with monthly on-site and online auctions. You can also find a good range of fashion and jewellery shops, as well as riverside restaurants offering outdoor dining terraces.

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    Location: 23 Soi Charoen Krung 24, Talat Noi, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 237 0077

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    Old Siam Trading Company

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    Old Siam Trading Company offers a large collection of collector's items related to travel and exploration in the region. It all started from one man's passion for collecting Asian antiquarian books, prints and maps. The collection extends to old stamps, Southeast Asian dance masks and illustrated newsprints from the 1840s, including Le Petit JournalThe Illustrated London News and Le Tour Du Monde

    Location: 5th Floor, Nai Lert Building, Sukhumvit Soi 5, Khlong Toei, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Monday–Friday from 8.30 am to 6 pm, Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +66 (0)2 251 3228

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