CMU’s MORE SPACE: a new community to boost the economy and tourism
5 April 2021
Corporate Communication and Alumni Relations Center (CCARC)
Chiang Mai University has turned an unused space into MORE SPACE, a lifestyle space near the campus for anyone to sell their products. It aims to attract visitors through a variety of events throughout the seasons to stimulate the local economy. MORE SPACE encourages mobility and generates income, and it also should be a shared space for both commercial and creative purposes.
The large space across from the CMU Convention Hall, known as ‘Ford Plantation’, has been turned into a chic market called ‘MORESPACE’, which has received great feedback from students and the general public after the launch. Many visitors have come to enjoy an array of restaurants and food trucks. It is divided into three zones. The first zone is called ‘Laan Chor MORE SPACE’, which has 10 restaurants that offer quality products at affordable prices while using local ingredients and inducing income distribution. The second zone is ‘Kiosk MORE SPACE’, which, as its name suggests, serves as a place for small entrepreneurs to distribute their products. Finally, the third zone is ‘Night Market MORE SPACE’, which lights up the evening. Moreover, during the weekends, there is the ‘Bike Night Market’ which gathers craft, homemade, handmade, and secondhand products whose vendors own a mobile shop. There is also the ‘Pet Market’ for pets and their owners to spend time enjoying the view of Doi Suthep in the evening. Open from 11 am to 10 pm every day, this place is perfect for exercise and casual walks.
CMU hopes that this community space near the campus and close to the heart of the city will help boost local tourism and the economy, increasing business opportunities and jobs for the people of Chiang Mai.