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Siam Square, unlike others, is a shopping area consists of a block of buildings and many small roads full of shops, attracting mostly teenagers. There are two cinemas in Siam Square, built in the 1970's and run by the Apex chain: the Scala theatre offer a single, big screen; the Lido is a small multi-plex with three screens. Another single big screen theatre built in the same era, Siam, was destroyed during the 2010 Thai military crackdown and the Red shirt riots. ( See photo on the right )

Besides shops, many exam preparation schools are found in Siam Square. So the area is full of students during evening and weekends. The Ratchaprasong intersection is flanked by Central World ( formerly World Trade Centre and then Central World Plaza ) , Big C Ratchadamri, Narayana Phan, Gaysorn and Central Chit Lom shopping malls.

A large portion of Pathum Wan is occupied by several organizations. Near MBK, Chulalongkorn University is the oldest university in Thailand. The main auditorium together with Faculty of Arts buildings Maha Chulalongkorn and Maha Vajiravudh are famous architectures.

The Museum of Imaging Technology within the Faculty of Science houses a large collection of cameras from old to new. Next to the university are Chulalongkorn Hospital and Thai Red Cross. Inside the Red Cross there is a snake farm called Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute ( or Sathan Saovabha in Thai ) showing venom extraction and producing serum to treat snakebites.

One of the major tourist attractions is the Jim Thompson House. It is a complex of magnificent Thai wooden houses formerly home to James H.W. Thompson, an American who lived in Thailand, developed Thai silk industry, and brought it to fame to the western world. Now it is turned into a museum filled with many antique decorations.

Pathum Wan is a exciting area of Bangkok in Thailand

Central World Plaza, Pathumwan, Bangkok, Thailand