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Bangkok shopping malls are great places for art exhibits

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If you're in Bangkok, Thailand and finding the current heat index of more than 108 degrees a little too hot for your liking, don't worry. Bangkok's shopping malls are great places to not only do some shopping, but also to eat, see movies, go bowling and, yes, check out some of Bangkok's latest art exhibits.

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Almost every Bangkok shopping mall has art exhibits or arts and craft fairs throughout the week where you can see some of Thailand's beautiful traditional art. You'll also find modern art from paintings to sculptures, drawings to papier mache figures, hand-carved teak to wooden puppets and a lot more in between.

One recent art exhibit at Bangkok's Siam Paragon shopping mall consisted of hand-painted papier mache elephant statues and was created to celebrate Thailand's 'National Elephant Day' (see the sideshow for photographs of the stunningly beautiful elephants).

Other exhibits show artwork from Bangkok school children (which is often far more intricately drawn and painted than their western counterparts), or showcase local Thai artists.

Thailand has a long history of arts and crafts and Bangkok's shopping malls love to show off what Thais can so beautifully create, particularly during the hottest times of the year (April to September) when so many people head to the malls to escape the heat.

On your next trip to Bangkok,if you're interested to see the latest Thai art exhibits, start off at Central World Plaza, and then head to Siam Paragon, the newly-renovated Siam Center or Emporium mall.

During the weekend, most of these Bangkok malls will have at least one art exhibit in the public areas and several will have them during the week as well. Just wander around until you find them.