NANA PLAZA, BANGKOK – The demolition of three ground level beer bars in Nana Plaza caused quite a stir recently. Once again, there were all kinds of rumours flying around. (11/08/10 – There is an update at the end of this article)… One guy told me that this is the beginning of the end and all of the go-go bars would be demolished by the end of next month. Where do these people get this stuff from? Are they fiction writers? Well, the latest news is that there is already several layers of bricks laid, as construction and not destruction continues on the ground level in Nana Plaza. The photo below was taken a few days before the builders started laying bricks.
NANA NOSTALGIA – Several moons ago, I remember congratulating my friend Peter who is the co-owner of Woodstock Bar, when it was in Nana Plaza. Woodstock was hosting its 20th Anniversary Party and Peter told me that over 20 years ago killjoys told him that Woodstock and Nana Plaza would not last five minutes. Over 20 years later Woodstock was sold and it became Rainbow 4. Even today, the rumours and speculation about the imminent fate of Nana Plaza continue, as though it is some kind of killjoy folklore. The latest news is that planning permission has been granted to the Crown Group and they are building again. Nana Plaza is NOT about to be demolished and anyway, the master lease does not run out until the end of 2012. Even then, who’s to say that Nana Plaza will not continue as it is?
NANA PLAZA UPDATE 11/08/10 – The latest news is that we believe the construction in Nana Plaza will be to build a large beer garden. The foundations are being laid, as we speak! Apparently, the same beer bars will NOT be built up again. Furthermore, to dispel the myth Nana Plaza will NOT be knocked down and made into a car park. I cannot confirm this 100% yet, but I tend to go with the beer garden theory. I asked the Thai manager who takes care of the Nana Plaza office and even he was rarther vague. Welcome to Amazing Thailand, the place that never ceases to amaze us and confuse us at the same time!
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