MBK – Bangkok 's Market
Place for Electronic Goods
Walk into MBK , otherwise known as Mah Boon Krong, on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon and this bustling shopping complex will be thronging with teenagers, loud music and laughter.
MBK is THE place to be seen for Thailand's teens. It is a combination of typical Thai market-type stalls which fill the lower floors and perimeters and a total of 2,000+ shopping outlets. Covering 8 jam-packed floors this mall is full or fun and laughter and processions of teenage Thais shuffling up and down the escalators.
Some of the cheapest prices can be found here for electronic goods and mobile phones. MBK is famous for its prolific number of electronic and communication outlets. If you want to buy or part-exchange a cell (mobile) phone, then try here first for the best prices. The 4th floor is the IT and Telecommunications center.
A few years ago this was the place where foreign tourists and expats headed to in order to have their foreign phones unlocked , as inserting a Thai Sim card meant some modifications. Nowadays things have changed and Thai Sims will also work with any phone bought outside of Thailand, however, the customers still flock here.
MBK is an imposing building situated right at the foot of the National Stadium Bangkok skytrain station, in Siam Square. It dominates the area but looks slightly shabby in comparison to its more modern, elegant counterparts across the road, Siam Paragon and Siam Discovery Center. Its 8 levels cover a total of 89,000 sq. feet and in addition to its 2,000 shops there are at least 150 eateries and a large cinema complex.
MBK is also popular for its cheap clothing and accessories found on 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors. The electronics center on the 4th floor has a huge selection of mobile phones and accessories, plus electronic equipment such as PlayStations consuls and games, MP3 players, DVD's etc.
The 5th and 6th floor contain food courts and international eateries and on the 7th and 8th floor the main entertainment complex includes a 40 lane bowling alley and 7 movie theatres (cinemas)The 6th floor is popular with tourists as the restaurant areas are shared with Thai handicraft stalls offering value for money souvenirs.
Adjoining MBK is a modern 4-floor Japanese department store, Tokyu which sells many popular Japanese brands. It also has a Tops supermarket. Once inside this maze of a building it is quite easy to get lost. After several visits you get to know your bearings but initially, remember certain reference points to help you out. A detailed map of all floors can be found on the MBK website.
A tourist discount card is available on application from the Tourist Information Counters on the ground floor, giving up to 30% discount in selected outlets.
The shopping complex is open from 10.00 to 22.00 daily and has its own comprehensive website giving wide ranging information on floor plans, shops, facilities and attractions.
Built in 1986 MBK is now showing signs of aging; however it is still as popular now (especially with teenagers) as it was when it was first built.
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