Central World Reopens

Yesterday the Central World shopping complex has reopened after it got partially burned down when the government cracked down on the red shirt protests in May. Here’s a video of how the place looked just a couple of months ago:

All that has changed of course now. It has been renovated for 2.8 billion baht (approximately 91 million USD).

Buddhist monks took part in the opening ceremony to bless the building.

About 20 percent of the 3.2 million square-foot (300,000 square-meter) retail space is still being repaired and will reopen next year.

The company’s president and CEO, Kobchai Chirativat, said the renovation costs would all be covered by insurance, though not all claims have been settled yet.

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