BANGKOK, Thailand – SHOW DC Corp Ltd, today, announced it will open Thailand’s first retail and entertainment mega-complex in June 2016 with a total investment of Bht 9,500 million and aims to attract 100,000 visitors a day. The landmark development will bring to Thailand the novel ‘Shop & Enjoy’ retail concept that combines spectacular entertainment facilities with a rich mix of retailing and food & beverage. Located on 27 rai off Rama IX road, the project has a massive 150,000 square meter gross floor area and also includes the world’s largest ‘K-Town’ outside of Korea.
Mr. Chayaditt Hutanuwatra, Chairman of SHOW DC Corp Ltd., said, “We are the first to bring to Thailand the ‘Shop & Enjoy’ concept that combines great shopping and eating with mega-entertainment, in a single complex. Visitors will be able to indulge in the best of shopping, eating and culture from Thailand and the region, with particular emphasis on trendy, Korean offerings. At the same time, they can enjoy Thailand’s most sophisticated entertainment offerings with a state-of-the-art Performance Hall for 5,000 people, and a 5,000 square meter Sports Arena for exciting Asian sports entertainment, that seats 1,500 people. There is also a sensational 5,000 square meter Fantasy Dreamscape cultural walk-through phenomenon called ‘Himmapan Avatar’ that will bring to life dazzling Thai legends through immersive 4D experiences using the most advanced light, sound and holographic technologies.”
He said that 60% of the lettable space at SHOW DC has already been leased and includes among its anchor tenants YG Entertainment – one of Korea’s top star-maker entertainment companies which is behind global K-Pop sensations such as BIGBANG, Psy, and 2NE1. YG Entertainment will also operate a 5,000 square meter rooftop K-Pop culture and entertainment park with hip bars and clubs for fun and relaxation.
“As part of our emphasis on presenting the richness of Asia, SHOW DC has an expansive 10,000 square meter Asian Food Street that is dedicated exclusively to restaurants. Next to that, inside the K-Town will be large areas devoted to Korean fashion (K-Fashion), Thailand’s most extensive offering of Korean beauty products and services (K-Beauty), as well as celebrity food and beverage outlets, such as Psy’s ‘Psy Ramen’, and ‘After Rain’, inspired by global K-Pop sensation ‘Rain’,” Mr. Chayaditt said.
Ms. Praparwarn Waeladeevong, Vice Chairperson of SHOW DC Corp Ltd., said, “We also have a lot that will appeal to international travelers and expect around 50,000 of them, a day. We are the first in Thailand to design facilities on this scale specifically to handle such high numbers of international travelers. We have invested heavily in building generous bus parking facilities as well as carefully mapped people flows within the complex to ensure comfort and convenience to all visitors, all the time.”
She said that visitors to Thailand are expected to reach 37 million people a year in the next five years, and that the creation of landmark lifestyle destinations such as SHOW DC are an essential service to ensure convenience for so many visitors as well as to reduce the strain on Thailand’s traditional tourist sites which are rapidly becoming overburdened with visitors.
“By giving international visitors a one-stop destination where they can get much of their shopping done conveniently we reduce time-on-the-road for them and traffic congestion for Bangkok citizens, in addition to giving international visitors the comfort of standardized pricing and reliable quality. At the same time, we are able to ensure that the cultural offerings provided at SHOW DC, such as the Thai cultural shows, are the most authentic and of the highest standards, staying true to our national heritage,” said Ms. Praparwarn.
One of SHOW DC’s special facilities for international visitors is a large VIP Traveler Lounge where visitors can spend time on their last day after they check-out from their hotels.
“They can leave their bags, take a shower, or rest after checking-out from their hotel and prior to a night flight. In addition, travelers can use SHOW DC’s complimentary shuttle transport services to Bangkok’s airports,” Ms. Praparwarn said.
SHOW DC, located on Jaturathit road, is easily accessible by multiple road and rail transport systems being close to the Makkasan station of the Airport Rail Link, the MRT’s Phetchaburi and Rama IX stations, as well as near the Si Rat Expressway’s Rama IX exit and Asoke 1 entry.
According to Mr. Chayaditt, “SHOW DC will support the government’s policy to create exciting new shopping and entertainment opportunities for international visitors, while also increasing the quality of visitors’ experiences while in Thailand.”
He added that because SHOW DC is a major new landmark in ASEAN it will help boost Thailand’s position as the shopping and entertainment capital of the ASEAN Economic Community.