A Short Walk Through Pathumwananurak Park
A few years ago I had already noticed that a new Pratunam park was 'under construction'.
It looked pretty finished but unbeknownst to me at the time there were eviction problems with 2 of the original remaining residential houses' owners from the Rong Poon Community who'd been living there for more than 30 years.
Only earlier this year did they agree to leave and the park finally opened its gates to the public a few months ago.
The view from Khlong Saen Saeb.
The park itself is designed in the form of a Thai numeral “9,” as it was built soon after the death of King Rama IX.
Plenty of information boards but unfortunately mainly in Thai which is a shame really as the park is located in Bangkok's shopping complex with lots of visitors from all over the world.
At least the map had some English!
Still strange as they did a much better job with bi-lingual signs in Benchakitti Park. (*)
The Reflection Selfie part...
Next came 'Urban Green'.
Which I immediately renamed as 'Stonehenge', although that took a lot of twisted imagining!
Luckily some of the original old trees were still there.
Detailed info, all in Thai...
Nice sitting area.
It clearly shows a lot of commitment to water management...
The tall skyscrapers provided a nice contrast.
Sunsets could be quite something here!
in the end, it's a nice green place for just taking a break and enjoying the views.
And of course, any additional new green areas in Bangkok are always welcome!
Almost forgot, the park is open daily from 10 am - 6 pm!
While searching for background info I stumbled on this picture which gives the impression that the park was originally planned to be much larger...
However the whole right corner of this artist's impression is anything but green!
And for an in-depth academic overview/history: