World Travel Service
World Travel Service
Wednesday to Sunday, 13:00–18:00
address: 1053 Charoen Krung Rd, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
4 minutes walk from Si Phraya Ferry Pier
13 minutes walk from (Exit 1) Hua Lamphong MRT station
World Travel Service is Thailand’s first travel agency. It started over sixty years ago with its headquarters in Charoen Krung Road—the first paved road in Bangkok. Conceived to capitalize on the booming foreign market, it signaled the modernization of Bangkok’s Old Town, a district of trade and commerce first established to present a facade of the modern nation-state to the encroaching colonial powers. World Travel Service is symptomatic of the shifting landscape opening up to foreign investors, tourists, and labor, a narrative of a city in conflicted transition. It was originally positioned on a road that sustains the growing city in proximity to the recently closed Hua Lamphong train station, a terminal that connects and expands Bangkok’s presence and control over neighboring provinces. The area becomes a site of intersecting modes of travel and migration both through class and geography. A vision of a future now in stasis, it stands abandoned as a relic of narratives past.
Work(s) on view
ÆTHER (Poor Objects), 2021
Artist: Li Shuang
ÆTHER reflects on the mediated world through a ring light, untethering the body from being so that it can drift into making connections beneath a...
The Odds (Part 1), 2019
Artist: Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen
Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen’s research-driven projects interrogate the sites, raw materials, labor, and commodities that form global production chains...
Artist: Özgür Kar
“Isn’t it all a matter of life and death? But maybe it is a matter of how far death is allowed into your life,” says an allegorical figure of Death—a...
Night for Day, 2021
Artist: Emily Wardill
Emily Wardill has long been invested in deconstructing cinema to explore the disconnect between movement of time and bodies, images, histories, and narrative...
IF REVOLUTION IS A SICKNESS, 2021
Artist: Diane Severin Nguyen
Diane Severin Nguyen expands on her nuanced investigation of contemporary politics and their complicated expressions and embodiment in IF REVOLUTION...
Life on the CAPS, 2022
Artist: Meriem Bennani
The final instalment of the titular sci-fi trilogy (2017–22) by Meriem Bennani follows the lives of inhabitants detained on CAPS, a swamp-rimmed island,...