Bangkok goes green.
Bangkok goes green.
- By Pathitta Kongkakate
- | Jul 24, 2018
Few people know about this extension of the original Benjakitti Park. The 61-rai (97,600-sq-meter) space is home to clusters of trees organized in blocks to create small forests together with a concrete path for runners and bikers. The trees themselves have been selected to represent species from every province in Thailand, with informative signage about their origin and importance. The introduction of the 61-rai Benjakitti Forest Park is the beginning of a three-phase plan to further transform the remaining land. Phase 2 of the project will see a 170 rai transformation, to be joined by a further 89 rai by 2020.
Ratchadapisek Rd. MRT Queen Sirikit Convention Center
Officially opened in March 2017 under the auspices of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, the 30-rai split-story green space celebrates Chulalongkorn University’s 100-year anniversary. It is the centerpiece for a huge redevelopment of the 290-rai Samyan neighbourhood that aims to create a smart city home to innovation and startup businesses. The park has a specially designed wetland with a rain garden, big pond and underground water drainage system coming along with a green bike lane flanked by tropical trees.
Rama 1 Rd. and Rama 4 Rd. MRT Sam Yan
PTT Forest Station
What was 12 rai of wasteland off Sukhaphiban 2 Roadhas been reinvented by state-owned oil and gas behemoth PTT. The company worked with Japanese botanist and plant ecologist Akira Miyawaki to bring in 270 varieties of plants native to the ecosystem such as teak, Siamese rosewood and ormosia. The result is a self-sustaining, flourishing and dense jungle with a floating wooden walkway that offers a canopy view of the forest.
Sukhaphiban 2 Rd.
Thanks to the Royal Crown Property Bureau, the 6.4-hectare Pathumwananurak Park located on a prime piece of land right beside CentralWorld shopping mall will celebrate the life of former King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Its crowning features will be a lawn cut into the Thai symbol for nine, in honor of King Rama 9, a lake and sidewalks. Expect it to open by the end of 2018.
The Royal Turf Club, also known to Thais as Sanamma Nang Loeng, is most famous for legal gambling owing to horse racing's unique exemption from gambling laws. Recently, the Bangkok Post reported that it will be converted into a public park devoted to the memory of King Rama 9. A monument of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be honourably displayed.
183 Phitsanulok Rd.
Phetkasem 69 Park
Located next to Jampee market in Bang Khae district, the massive 112,000-sq-meter park is said to be Bangkok’s second dog-friendly green space since generally no dogs are allowed in public parks. Planned to open to the public this August.
Phetkasem 69 Rd.
Bang Bon Ecological Park
Bang Bon Ecological Park, also known as Suan Chalermprakiat, is another commemorative park in King Rama 9's honor. Designed by local landscape architecture firm Shma, the park adopts King Bhumibol's nine agriculture initiatives including integrated farming and his "Monkey Cheek" water retention system to prevent floods.
Rama 2 Rd.
According to the Bangkok Post, three of northern Bangkok's most-loved parks—Chatuchak, Queen Sirikit and Wachirabenchathat—are set to merge into one "mega park" or Utthayan Suan Chatuchak as the latest green spaces honoring the late King Rama 9. The first phase of Utthayan Suan Chatuchak is due to open in August, with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) slating the entire project for completion by 2020. It is said to be the largest park in town, covering a total 700 rai (Lumphini Park is some 560 rai, by comparison).
Kamphaeng Phet Rd.