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Nightingale Olympic, Bangkok

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Nightingale–Olympic or The Nightingale–Olympic Co.,LTD. (Thai: ไนติงเกล-โอลิมปิก; or Nightingale is a department store in Thailand. It is the oldest shopping mall that still operating in Bangkok and all of Thailand, located at Tri Phet Road, Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok's Wang Burapha and Phahurat neighborhoods.


Nightingale opened in 1930 (two years before Siamese revolution) by Nat Niyomvanich, starting with a single shophouse near Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre. Later, on August 5, 1966, it officially opened under the present name Nightingale–Olympic.


Nightingale was considered to be a popular shopping mall in the 1960s, when the shopping centers of Wang Burapha (Buraphaphirom Palace) area were popular among teenagers of those days like Siam Square in modern times. It is the center of cosmetics, stationeries, fashion clothes, lingeries, musical instruments, beauty salons, sports goods and also Thailand's first fitness club. It uses the slogan "Hub of Sporting Goods, King of Musical Instruments, Queen of Cosmetics".
Currently, Nightingale has seven floors of three shophouses operated by Aroon Niyomvanich, a younger sister of Nat who was the founder, now she is over 90 years old.
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  • Nightingale Olympic department store provides an insight into an earlier era of shopping. From across the street, looking at the outside, it can be seen that Nightingale Olympic has seven floors, but....  more »
  • Decided to visit Nightingale Olympic after reading about it on the BBC and thought it sounded suitably bizarre. With the extension of the MRT blue line its easy to get to and short walk from Sam Yot.....  more »
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  • This place transports you to the classic past. You can sense the 70s-90s atmosphere at this place. It freezes the time at that era. Many people say it's overrated but you have to keep in mind that it doesn't have any profits in the past years and the owners fight to keep this place alive.
  • As a vintage lover I would say this is somewhat overrated. There is literally two small floors with a very small selection of plain tennis shirts and alike. I picked up one hat to look at it and the attendant walked over and grabbed it out of my hand and put it back. Was rather intense and definitely not worth the cab ride there. Note: some old and interesting marching drums upstairs.
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