Bangkok plans ‘landmark’ street food market for displaced sellers


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BANGKOK — Bangkok city officials are planning a “landmark” new street food market, as Thailand’s military government clamps down on the capital’s street food scene, local media reported Thursday.

The proposed market will feature “more than 200 food vendors affected by [the government’s new policy],” said deputy commerce minister Sontirat Sontijirawong, according to the Bangkok Post.

“The area will become a landmark for street food,” he added.

In April, city leaders said that all street food in Bangkok would be banned by the end of 2017.

“The street vendors have seized the pavement space for too long … Every street vendor will have to move out,” Wanlop Suwandee, chief advisor to Bangkok’s governor, was quoted saying in The Nation newspaper.

The announcement took many by surprise, especially as the Thai capital in March was named the world’s top street food destination for the second straight year by CNN.

The location of the new market was still being discussed, Sontirat said, according to the Bangkok Post report.