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Bangkok’s future is green, forest park project set to finish next year

Caitlin Ashworth

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Rendering by ASEAN Skyline via Facebook

Bangkok’s future is green. The “Benjakitti Park” in the city’s Asoke area is expanding and becoming a “forest park.” The new addition will feature a 1.5 kilometre elevated walkway surrounded by tropical trees and a bicycle track that will connect to Lumpini Park. Along with a variety of plants, the park will also have canals and ponds.

Phases 2 and 3 of the project will cost 652 million baht and is set to be completed by next year. ASEAN Skyline posted renderings of the project on their Facebook page.

The project will be named Suan Pa Benjakitti, or Benjakitti Forest Park. The park, constructed on land previously owned by the Tobacco Authority of Thailand, honours late-queen Sirikit Kitiyakara.

Bangkok's future is green, forest park project set to finish next year | News by Thaiger

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SOURCE: Thai Visa

 

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13 Comments

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    James Pate

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 5:01 pm

    “Late” Queen Sirikit? Excuse me, but she’s still alive. Not the correct term. She is now the Queen Mother.

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 5:24 pm

    Thais will be selling parts of it as building plots to ferangs in 18 months.

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      gosport

      Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 6:27 pm

      This I agree. Also, this will be available in 2030. All completed in 2040. With all scenery compatible with the renderings in 2060.

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        James Pate

        Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 7:43 pm

        The report says Queen Sirikit Kitiyakara. That’s the Queen Mother. She’s still living.

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    Ray

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    Long overdue for the concrete jungle which is BKK.

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    John

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 7:20 pm

    Queen Sirikit died…this is news to me. Did they mean another former queen?

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    Mel Burn

    Friday, February 5, 2021 at 2:39 am

    Great news as there are no large parks to speak of in Bangkok. Though how can you spend time outdoor exercising in such smog?

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    Albert Zweistein

    Friday, February 5, 2021 at 5:26 am

    Bangkok’s future is grey, smog grey to be exactly.

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      James

      Friday, February 5, 2021 at 3:24 pm

      Yep!

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    Paul

    Friday, February 5, 2021 at 8:09 am

    Nice to see extra trees being grown in this urban area but will hardly make up for the removal of existing established trees and wetland habitats being destroyed for unsustainable building here in the suburbs.

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    Marc Vandelaer

    Friday, February 5, 2021 at 11:21 am

    A drop in the (polluted) ocean, but better than nothing.

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    James Weston Piper

    Friday, February 5, 2021 at 3:23 pm

    Clean up the pm2.5! Who will visit a park with polluted air?

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    BC

    Friday, February 5, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    An elevated walkway? Concrete paths with fences separating people from the park? How hard is it to screw up a park? It is fantastic to have the much-needed green space but please just make it a simple place that humans can enjoy. Please don’t mess this incredible chance up.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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