From traffic to temples: Charming 80s Bangkok captured by Japanese photographer (PHOTOS)

From the familiar scene of motorbikes gathering in front of every car at red lights, vintage Mcdonald’s billboards to the sight of Thais crammed in a songthaew, a Japanese photographer’s vivid snapshots of Bangkok 80s have brought back nostalgic feeling.

Japanese photographer Doi Kuro visited Thailand’s capital in the 1980s, observing the charming everyday life of Thais in well-known locations such as Siam Square, Yaowarat, and Wat Phra Kaew.

These photos, as collected by, prove that although the setting has changed, many things are pretty much the same: the humble local food stalls clashing with the high-value billboards of Western franchise restaurants, people jaywalking 5 meters away from crossings, charming tuk tuks and more.

Sukhumvit road

Schoolboys at Yaowarat road


Traffic regulation

Motorbike riders

Young people at Yaowarat

Yaowarat scene view from Krungkasem Srikrung Hotel

School girls

Wagon retailer

Car being repaired on the street

Peanut vendor

Candy store

Street food

Boy on the train

Taxi maintenance

Girl walking home

Restaurant showcase

Sitting in traffic

Movie theater demolition

Two boys at Yaowarat

Boy at rest

Tuk tuk

Barefoot boy

Pa tong koh (Chinese doughnut) stall


Tuk tuk repair garage

Siam Square

Traffic waiting at a red light

School children

Fully-loaded truck

Empty baby carriage outside a restaurant

Kids walking to school

Dinner time

Food showcase

Food stall in Yaowarat

Barber shop

Bus stop near Wat Phra Kaew

Street crossing near Hua Lamphong Station

People enjoying the cool breeze

Restaurant in Yaowarat

Moon rising over Rama IV Road

Wat Phra Kaew in the rain

Tea room

Buddha statue store


Sidewalk kitchen


Monks waiting for a bus near Wat Phra Kaew

Laid-back restaurant

Restaurant’s kitchen


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