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Wualai Walking Street

Wualai Road Saturday Night Market 

Wualai Road is the heart of Chiang Mai’s traditional silversmiths’ quarter, running several blocks down from the old moat and Chiang Mai City Gate past quaint stores and workshops backed by glittering temples.

Shopping and exploring on Saturday Walking Street.

 

shppers on waliking street chiang mai

The Saturday night market, known locally as the Saturday Walking Street, is much more of a local market than the tourist-oriented Chiang Mai Night Market, and is held every Saturday evening from 17:00 through to 22:45.

Silversmithing in Chiang Mai is still a thriving craft, with amazingly complicated traditional designs hammered into 92.5 per cent sheet silver and used as casings for Buddha images, boxes, candle lights, trays and more. The smiths belong to family businesses set up generations ago, and the quarter’s three Wats, Sri Suphan, Nantaram and Muensarn run courses for local young people in the art of silver crafting.


 

Silver artefacts aren’t the only treasures found at the market, with visitors and locals tempted by lacquer boxes, hand-made jewellery, handicrafts, hill-tribe embroideries as bags, clothes and table runners, wood carvings and stalls selling the latest in Chiang Mai fashion.

 

. Thai families and students from Chiang Mai’s several universities love to wander here and, for tired legs and feet, a Thai foot massage works wonders. Street food, coffee shops with delicious sweet cakes and one or two local eateries take care of hunger pangs and, for lovers of antiques, there’s a fascinating store on the moat road just before the North entrance to the Saturday Walking street.

 

 

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