Bangkok was originally all mangrove swamp, with the population still living on the river in floating houses. At the time, the locals dubbed the town, ‘The City of Mud’. When the first hard surface roads were built over a century ago, many were lined with these repeated units called ‘Shop Houses’. The idea was the family that ran the shop downstairs lived in the room above. They were snapped up by the Chinese who then lived in the city. In many parts of the old town they can still be seen and are still in use.
From the collection – ‘Siam 7: Echo’