1947 was the first time anyone had ever walked into a Central Department Store in Thailand. Today it is now such a social staple and widely recognized shopping center chain. Last week Central celebrated its 70th anniversary with the theme "Love and Appreciation." Everyone who is anyone in society graced their presence at the grand event, from Khunying Chodchoy Sophonpanich and Piyawan Leelasompop to Polpat Asavaprapa, Piyarat Kaljaruek and Vatanika Patamasingha na Ayudhaya.

The celebration was made even more glamorous with mesmerising floral displays of another Central tradition, its 23rd annual flower festival. Beauty Gems also made prominent appearance at the bash with the "Phoenix Queen", the world's largest brown pearls—valued over 700 million baht. As if that weren't enough, there was still live music and a glamorous fashion show to be enjoyed by the huge gathering of VIPs.

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Covered by: Alisa Mekmanee and Mika Apichatsakol