The goods of the Warorot Market in Chiang Mai
The market was established in the late 19th century during the reign of King Rama V as part of a plan to develop Chiang Mai as a trading hub in northern Thailand. The market was initially called “Talad Kao” or “Old Market” and consisted of a few rows of wooden stalls selling local products and handicrafts.
Over the years, the market grew in size and importance, becoming a commercial centre for Chiang Mai and the entire region. The market was renamed ‘Kad Luang’, which means ‘big market’ in Thai, in the mid-20th century, reflecting its increasing size and importance.
Despite its modernization and expansion, Warorot Market has retained its traditional charm and character, with its original buildings and structures still in use. The market remains an integral part of Chiang Mai’s cultural and economic fabric, attracting visitors from around the world who come to experience its unique sights, sounds and flavours.