By The Nation
This year, MBK Centre is adding to the mix with its “New Year Celebration 2019 Tuk Tuk Wonderland”
The tuk tuk, one of Thailand’s national emblems has been transformed and incorporated in the 19-metre-tall Christmas tree. The convertible tuk tuk rolls out from the tree, pulling a big box of presents, wrapped in the word “Thailand,” to bring joy to both Thai and foreign visitors. The land of amusement and happiness is also surrounded by nine chairs, decorated with elephants of prosperity whose eyes are the headlights of the tuk tuk, a luminous tuk tuk tunnel, and numerous chairs of various designs and colours spread out all over the place.
“MBK is committed to bringing the best experience possible to our customers, while creating excitement and amusement at every step throughout our mall. The end-of-year festivities, therefore, feature both interior decoration and the installation of the Christmas tree outside the mall on the theme, ‘Mbk Center New Year Celebration 2019 Tuk Tuk Wonderland’. Together, MBK will be the destination that all Thai and foreign visitors can visit, take pictures, and count down to the New Year’s together,” says the centre’s Somphol Tripopnart.
Saran Yenpanya, the man behind the design of the wonderland and the owner of 56th Studio, adds: “I wanted to introduce a Christmas tree that is filled with joy, Thai flavours, and the uniqueness of MBK Centre.
“The tuk tuk definitely reflects Thainess that foreigners know and love. Various details are embellished with styles and fun, transforming itself into Tuk Tuk Wonderland. Different parts are utilised to retell an interesting story to celebrate Christmas in a Thai style that perfectly integrates both Thai and Western qualities.”
MBK is an important landmark for tourists from all over the world who are determined to shop and have a photograph taken with the “Makrub” and “Maja” sculptures.