Originally it was called Trok Rongpasi Kao, which translates as Old Customs House Lane, but about two decades ago this narrow side road leading to the Chao Phraya was renamed Charoen Krung 36. Now the soi _ which gives access to the riverside French embassy, as well as Bangkok's first customs house, a Vietnam War-era hotel and a long-established Muslim community _ is to acquire a second official name: Rue de Brest.
Charoen Krung Soi 36 now has a second official name: Rue de Brest. Photo by Thanarak Khoonton
Today at 11am, French Ambassador Thierry Viteau accompanied by his predecessor, Gildas Le Lidec, plus Francois Cuillandre, mayor of the French city of Brest, and Sonthaya Khunpluem, head of our Ministry of Culture, will preside over a ceremony to give the soi its new name. The gesture was conceived as a way of marking the long history of diplomatic relations between Thailand and France.
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