JJ market is the most popular and the area wise largest market in Bangkok. It is also named as Chatuchak weekend market located on Kamphaeng Phet Road.

As it has more than 1,500 stalls and 11,505 sellers.

The market is divided into 27 sections. Many different kinds of things are sold in the market, the products sold comprises of shrubries, antique pieces, electrical goods, makeup items, all kinds of edibles, furniture, books and many different sorts of clothes.

It is said to be the world’s spacious market as it caters over two lac visitors on every weekend.

Historical Background

JJ market was started in 1942 in the area of Sanam Luang.

Later because of the government’s establishment plans for the place the market was shifted to Sanam Chai. However, due to some reasons, the market was shifted back to Sanam Luang in 1958.

Later in 1978, the government again planned to recreate the area and therefore, allotted Chatuchak for setting up of the market.

As a result, all the merchants shifted to Chatuchak by 1983. Firstly the market was named as Phahonyothin market but later the name was changed and set to Chatuchak market.

JJ Market (Chatuchak)

Working Hours of the JJ Market

The market is famous for being functional on weekends only. While on the other hand, it is not true that the market just opens on weekends.

Some places or shops are open around the week as well. The opening hours of the market are:

  • The sops of plants and flowers are open on Wednesday and Thursday from morning 6:00 am till the evening 6:00 pm.
  • Friday is set as the wholesale day however the timing stays the same as morning 6:00 am till the evening 6:00 pm.
  • Saturday and Sundays the weekend days are the main days for market opening and everything is available on the specific days although timings remain the same as other days.

It is said for the market that it vends each and everything under the sun. It is highly recommended to visit the market in the morning. As one can stay safe from the crowd and rush.

Other than that one can also get safe from the scorching sun when going to the market in the early morning.

However many shops in the market open after 8 a.m till 9 o’clock. So one should plan his visit to the market after 9 a.m.

Breathtaking Place

The Chatuchak market is the largest marketplace in Bangkok and is one of the largest market in the world. It is the center of the selling hub.

One can find almost everything in the market. One can also buy the things he did not think of buying or getting in the market.

The market caters almost above two lac of visitors on every weekend day and almost a quarter of these visitors are the tourists from foreign countries.

On the other hand, there are many local people visiting the market too. The worth of the market is increased by the regular visit of the local people of the place and the foreigners too.

JJ Market (Chatuchak)
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Localities around the Market

Chatuchak market is the place with almost 8,000 stalls. So as a visit to such a place in less time is a bit challenging thing.

The best part about the market is that it is well organized, moreover the market is divided into four parts which sell different things and goods respectively.

Despite the sections allotted to different stalls, it is still very difficult to search for the particular stall again in the market.

It would be a wise decision to buy certain things on the spot whenever finds the stall or else it would be difficult to get back to the same stall.

In the Chatuchak weekend market, there are about 27 sections and in those sections, the items sold are of 6-11 different categories. It depends on the individual what type one wants.

Pets

Even if one is not interested in buying pets still can visit the pets section. The tourists find it amusing to spend time with pets.

Especially the cats and puppies gather much crowd around them. One can also buy pet accessories from the Chatuchak market.

Antiques

There are many antiques and the art pieces sold in the market. But one has to be careful while buying the antiques as they sometimes sell the antique pieces on much higher prices.

The best solution to this is that one should take a guide with him in order to get original antique pieces on the right price.

JJ Market Antiques

Market Guide

The Clothing and other related Accessories can be found in sections 2 to 6 and 10 to 26.

The other low-quality clothes or the second hand used clothes can be attained in the section from 2 to 6, 22, 25 and 26 respectively.

If one is in search of pets or the accessories related to pets then should visit the section 8, 9, 11 or 13.

In order to get plants and the tools necessary for gardening section 3 and 4 are suitable.

If one is fond of books and wants to buy books at a good price range then should visit either the section 1 or section 27.

The things related to Arts are available in section 7 the painters or people fond of arts can get their hands on different artistry tool in the specified sections.

The antique pieces can be found in section one or section 26.

The Handicrafts in sections from 8 to 11.

Ceramics in sections from 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 25.

And lastly, food and beverages in sections from 2 to 4, 23, 24, 26, 27.

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In conclusion, this place is huge and you can find so many thing in Chatuchak Market.

We are certain that this guide could help you get kick started to explore more about the market. So make sure you read this guide once again before visiting!

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