The Bhuthorn is located in an age-old quarter named ‘Samphraeng’.
Dating back to the 19th century, it was Bangkok’s first occidental business district where first roads were built and first luxury stores began their businesses.
Samphraeng, literally ‘a fork road’, represents the three roads-Phraeng Bhuthorn,
Phraeng Nara and Phraeng Salpasart.

was named after
Prince Bhutharesdhamrongsak,
the chief official who was in charge of prosecution for the Ministry of Metropolitan Affairs. His palace was built in the area of a former palace since the reign of King Rama II. After his premature death in 1897, the palace was neglected and gradually replaced by the now-standing shop houses.
was named after
Prince Narathipprapanphong.
He was once the minister chief official of the Royal Treasury before he started his own businesses in several fields.
At the end he found his passion in performing arts and transformed part of his palace buildings into a theatre called ‘Preedalai ’.

was then named after
Prince Salpasartsupphakit.
This masterful goldsmith was the Director of the Royal Page Artisans Department. King Rama V loved to call him ‘Duke’  because he was wise and good-humored. He accompanied the King to Europe, where he gained knowledge on modern arts methods and integrated them with the traditional Thai crafts. His palace was a great example of his appreciation in European art.
          At the time  the three princes lived, it was customary to build row shop houses alongside a palace to gain revenue for the residents. Shop houses along Phraeng Bhuthorn Road are similar to the ones on Phraeng Nara Road. They are mostly two-story buildings blocks with narrow facades, kite roof tiles, arches above the vents, wall bearings, series of folding wooden doors, and perforated eaves, mostly gingerbread style...except that the ones on Phraeng Bhuthorn have balusters in the windows. The ones on Phraeng Salpasart Road, however, are quite different...with the leaner structure, cement-tile eaves and tall tiny columns aligned to each block.
         Many old shophouses could not survive through time, especially the ones on Phraeng Salpasat Road which were devastated by the big fire. Fortunately, the ones around Phraeng Bhuthorn road have been restored to their previous condition. Half a century-old shops are active, the way of life is preserved. The community of Phraeng Bhuthorn Road is also registered as ‘a well-conserved community’ to the Fine Art Department.