MBK Center

MBK Center, also known as Mahboonkrong (Thai: มาบุญครอง), is a large shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand. At eight stories high, the center hosts around 2,000 stores and services, including the 4-story Tokyu department store, restaurants and entertainment.

The MBK Center management reports daily visitor numbers of more than 100,000, half of whom are young Thai people and a third foreign visitors.

The MBK Center is very popular amongst tourists, particularly Western tourists. It is also very popular with Thai residents with the majority of shoppers being native Bangkok residents. Knockoff items can be found in abundance at this shopping complex, but prices are much higher than one would expect. Many stores selling authentic merchandise are also available. MBK Center is connected to the Siam Discovery and Siam Paragon shopping center by elevated walkways, both of which are more upscale and have only authentic goods. MBK Center is worth a visit for any tourist, it is a well known landmark in Bangkok.

History

MBK Center, opened in 1985, is one of the oldest shopping malls in Asia, and was the largest when it was inaugurated. It is located on land leased from the adjacent Chulalongkorn University. This lease was renewed in 2002. The center was named after the parents of the developer Sirichai Bulakul, Mah & Boonkrong, whose statues grace the ground floor.

Location

MBK Center is located in Pathum Wan district, on the southwest corner of the intersection of Rama I Road and Phaya Thai Road. It is close to Siam Square, which can be reached from the second floor via a covered pedestrian bridge over Phaya Thai Road, and Siam Center and Siam Paragon, which are across Rama I Road from Siam Square.

Transportation
  • Bangkok Skytrain (BTS) - National Stadium Station; also within walking distance of Siam station.
  • Khlong Saen Saeb - Hua Chang pier is within walking distance.
Layout
Department store
  • The four-storey Tokyu department store is located at the northern end of MBK Center.
Hotel
  • The Pathumwan Princess Hotel is located at the southern end of MBK Center.
Shops and services
  • Floors 1-3: Clothing and shoes, leather goods, cosmetics and hairstyling, toys, gold and jewelry
  • Floor 4: Electronics, mobile phones, CD and MP3
  • Floor 5: International food hall, restaurants, furniture, photography, computing
  • Floor 6: Food center, souvenir shops
  • Floor 7: Movie theaters, bowling, karaoke
  • Floor 8: Movie theater