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Me: Excuse me, is this the way to the Victory Monument
Stranger 1: Yes?
Me: The Victory Monument.
Stranger 2: Victory Monument is that way.
Me: Turn over there?
Stranger 2: You wanna get on a bus?
Me: Oh, I have to walk
Stranger 1: It’s too far, you won’t get there.
Stranger1: Take the bus - you’ll be there in no time.
Me: But if I walk I’d have to go that way
Stranger1: Well if you walk,
you would go to Prachasongkroh right?
Start from here, then Huaykwang Market,
and you'll reach Prachasongkroh.
Go in the direction of Thai-Japanese Stadium,
it will then lead you to Sam Liam Din Daeng junction.
Stranger2: It’s quite a distance though...
Stranger1: Yeah
Me: Thank you

Me: Excuse me
Me: Excuse me
Me: Excuse me
Me: Excuse me
Me: Do I have to go straight for Victory Monument
Stranger3: Where are you heading ,dear
Me: Do I go straight for Victory Monument
Stranger3: Walk straight in that direction
and take bus number 12.
Me: Ah...
Stranger3: Here, you go over the canel,
and then you’ll reach the junction, right?
Walk a little further,
then you hop on bus number 12.
Me: Thank you

Me: Excuse me, is this the direction to Victory Monument
Stranger 5: Yeah, you can get on any bus, number 12 maybe.
The bus stop is right in front of the market.
Me: Thank you

Me: Excuse me, which direction is Victory Monument
Stranger 6: Take the number 12 bus, bus stop’s over there.
Me: What if I walk?
Stranger 6: What?
Me: What if I walk.

Stranger 6: You’re walking to Victory Monument
Me: Yes.
Stranger 6: It’s far…
Stranger 7: It’s awfully far...
Me: Well, even if I walk, it’s still the same direction as the bus right?
Stranger 6: It’s far - I tell you. The bus is already here, hop on.
Me: Nevermind. But it’s the same direction if I walk, right?

Stranger 6: Yes.

Me: Excuse me, is this the direction to Victory Monument? 
Stranger 8: Yep, sure is.
Me: Thank you

Me: Excuse me, which direction is the Victory Monument
Stranger 9: This is the wrong direction, Right over there, Turn around!
Me: Thank you.
Stranger 9: Walk straight ahead and hop on bus number 12.

Me: Excuse me, is this the direction to Victory Monument? 
Stranger 10: Sorry?
Me: Victory Monument
Stranger 10: Yes, it’s this bus.
Me: No. Do I walk in this direction
Stranger 10: It’s pretty far.... Like, really far
Me: Yes, lI’ll walk.
Stranger 10: Go straight over there and turn right.
Me: Go straight, turn right...
Stranger 10: That junction over there, the big one,
turn right there, then just go straight along the road.
Me: Thank you.
Stranger 10: You’re welcome, such a strong kid!

Me: Excuse me, which direction is the Victory Monument
Stranger 11: Where again. dear?
Me: Which direction is the Victory Monument
Stranger 11: Over there.
Me: Go straight
Stranger 11: Yeah
Me: Got it.
Stranger 11: Go to the bus stop on the other side.
But you can hop on if one passes this side - like number 12.
Me: Thank you
Stranger 11: The bus stop is on the other side.

 

Me: Excuse me, is this the direction to Victory Monument
Stranger 12: Sorry?
Me: The Victory Monument
Stranger 12: Yes.
Me: Thank you

Me: Excuse me,
which direction is the Democracy Monument
Stranger 13: You gotta get on bus number 59.
Me: What if I walk?
Stranger 13: Woah! To Sanam Luang
Me: Yes, is it this way
Stranger 13: It’s quite a distance.
You sure you’re gonna walk
Me: Yes.
Stranger 13: Don’t walk. Hop on number 59 -
it’s only 20 baht.
Me: This way right?
Stranger 13: Just go straight.

Me: Excuse me, which direction is the Democracy Monument?
Stranger 14: Democracy Monument… It’s awfully far. Well,
you need to take a taxi back.
Me: Wait, isn’t that the Victory Monument that I just passed? 
Stranger 14: Yes, but you have to turn around and go back anyways.
So basically, you need to go past the Victory Monument,
then go straight forward to get to the Democracy Monument.
Me: OK.
Stranger 14: But if you continue this way it’s a detour. You see?
Me: What if I walk?
Stranger 14: Well, that’s very far. You’d have to walk miles.
Take a taxi and go back that way
Me: And where does this lead to if I’m not headding back?
Stranger 14: Siam Square
Me: Ah, right. Siam.
Stranger 14: This direction is for Siam - and... other zones
that’s… not your destination.
Me: I see, so it’s a detour if I want to get to Sanam Luang, right?
Stranger 14: Yes. But if you get on a taxi
on the other side of the road and head to Sanam Luang,
it might be faster that way.
Me: I understand. But I think I should keep going in this direction anyway.
Thank you.

Me: Excuse me, which direction is Bo Bae?
Stranger 15: You’d have to take a car, honey.
Me: I see.
Stranger 15: Hop on number 59, over there -
on Ging Petch side. Walk past the junction first, alright?
Cross it and head straight to the Ging Petch bus stop,
take number 59, 60, or 2.
Me: What if I walk?
Stranger 15: Feel free if you can.
I mean, if you like walking,
just go straight ahead.
Me: I see, go straight.
Stranger 15: Cross that junction,
and when you reach Ratchathewi Junction,
just walk straight ahead, alright
Me: Go up the overpass
Stranger 15: Sorry?
Me: Do I have to go up the overpass?
Stranger 15: No need. I mean if you climb and cross now,
you’d just walk straight ahead
past Bo Bae and Mission Hospital, right?
But there’s another one you can cross there.
If you’re keen on walking then it’s not too far.
Just walk along. 
Me: Got it, thank you.

Me: Excuse me, which direction is Bo Bae?
Stranger 16: Bo Bae’s this way.
What are you gonna ride?
Me: I’ll walk.
Stranger 16: Then cross to the other side
and go straight ahead.
Me: Go straight on this side? 
Stranger 16: Straight, cross to the other side.
You walk straight to the bridge, right?
Then make a turn, you’d reach Bo Bae. 
Me: Thank you.
Stranger 16: Just get on bus number 2 and get off at Saphan Khao. 
Me: Thank you.

Me: Excuse me, sorry, which direction is Bo Bae?
Stranger 17: Just go straight ahead.
Me: Straight this way
Stranger 17: Cross the red light junction,
and take the left on the three-way intersection.
Me: I see, thank you.

Me: Excuse me, which direction is Bo Bae?
Stranger 18: Bo Bae? You're gonna walk?
Me: Yes.
Stranger 18: Well, you would have to cross past the railroad.
Past it on your left, then walk straight
along until you reach Baan Manangkasila.
Ask for further directions when you get there. 
Me: I see, thank you.

 

Me: Excuse me, which direction is Lan Luang Soi 5?
Stranger 19: Sorry?
Me: Lan Luang Soi 5?
Stranger 19: Soi 5?
Me: Yes.
Stranger 19: Oi! Tarn! Where’s Lan Luang Soi 5?
..:Wait a minute, dear.
Stranger 20: Where?
Stranger 19: Lan Luang Soi 5.
Stranger 20: Cross to the other side for Lan Luang Soi 5.
This here is Lan Luang road, right?
This is Soi 9, right?
So you’d have to walk towards that direction.
The other side.
Me: Thank you.
Stanger 21: Lan Luang Soi 5 is...
Me: Got it.
Stanger 21: Just walk along the road, dear.
Me: Ok.

Me: Excuse me, which way is Lan Luang Soi 5?
Stranger 22: Lan Luang… it’s the other side, dear. 
Me: Yes.
Stranger 22: This side is the even numbers.
Me: Ok.
Stranger 22: That side is the odd numbers.
Me: Thank you.

Me: Excuse me, sorry,
where is house number 35?
Stranger 23: Sorry?
Me: House number 35.
Stranger 23: Sorry, I’m not from around here.
Me: Hello, do you know where house number 35 is?
Stranger 24: Pardon?
Me: House number 35.
Stranger 24: 35 ?
Stranger 23: Is it a shophouse or a company?
Me: It’s a house.
Stranger 23: House? On Lan Luang?
Me: It’s in this alley.
Stranger 23: Well if it’s located in this alley,
just go ahead and look out
for the house number plates.
Me: Ok.
Stranger 23: Because I’m not really sure,
you see. I’ve never entered this alley.
If you know it’s there, just ask along.

Me: Thank you

 

Me: Hello, hi, do you know
where house number 35 
Stranger 26: Sorry?
Me: House number 35?
Stranger 26: What number again?
Me: 35.
Stranger 26: 65?
Me: 35.
Stranger 27: 35... 35...
Stranger 28: Isn’t that Jaa’s house
Stranger 26: Wait, isn’t this Nam-Oon?
Me: Yes.
Stranger 27: Jaa’s house right?
Me: House number 35.
Stranger 27: 35 right?
Me: That’s 35?
Stranger 27: Here, over here.
Me: Ok, thank you.

Me: Hello, hello, hello. Hi grandma.
Stranger 29: What
Me: Hello.
Stranger 29: Oh, how come you’re here?
Me: Hi.
Stranger 29: Your mum’s here.
Me: Upstairs?

Me: Hi there.
Stranger 30: Hi.

Me: Hello
Stranger 31: Hey! It’s Nam-Oon!
Stranger 31: Come in, dear, come in. Where have you been?
Me: What? I came from Huay Kwang.
Stranger 31: Have you eaten?
Me: Not yet.
Stranger 31: You want noodles? Tom yum soup?
Me: That would be great.
Stranger 31: I was just going to call you.
Stranger 31: Why do you have a camera on you?
Me: Hey, careful of Covid.
Stranger 31: I missed you.

After contemplating the definition of a home for more than two weeks,

I realised my home Each part on the other side of the city.

One part I quit calling it home The other, I dare not call it yet.

I want to go on an urban pilgrimage in a city where the streets were not made to walk on foot. I believe the journey can connect these two imperfect places together and provide me some kind of answer.

Important landmarks, street names, alleys - are all scattered as fragments in my memory.

Before beginning the journey, My friend asked me in wonder - Why can’t you remember the directions back home ?

I blame Bangkok.

It’s ironic that I have to ask strangers for directions go back to my Home

I want to go on an urban pilgrimage in a city where the streets were not made to walk on foot.

 

Pitchapa (Nam-Oon) Wangprasertkul

Born in Bangkok, 1999, Pitchapa graduated from The Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University (Majoring in advertising, minoring in psychology) Pitchapa has been spending most of the time of her childhood in making arts for both national and international art contests and spent longer time to forget what she had learned in order to create her own style of art. She was introduced to Performance Art when she was 19 and selected to be one of the facilitators in the Abramovic Method Exhibition in the Bangkok Art Biennale 2021 and started to create her own Performance Arts in 2020. Most of her works focus on the political issues and the questions toward Power Dynamics. She is currently working as a freelance graphic designer, book cover designer and a member of Spring Movement, a student collective advocating for democracy in Thailand.