Bangkok is taking another step toward its ideal look as the Urban Design and Development Centre (UDDC) has drawn up another bold plan to preserve three original neighbourhoods in Bangkok, citing they have historical and cultural value and unique identities.
The conservation plan is part of City Hall's ambitious so-called "Bangkok250" project, aimed at making the city more liveable and exciting, to commemorate its 250th anniversary in 2032.
The latest proposal by the UDDC, called "Bangkok250²", is for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to improve three neighbourhoods: Tha Phra Chan-Tha Chang-Tha Tian; Yothi-Ratchawithi; and Thong Lor-Ekamai.
Speaking at a meeting chaired by deputy Bangkok governor Jumpol Sampaopol, UDDC director Niramon Kulsrisombat proposed the pilot project for the BMA to improve these neighbourhoods as the first features a high concentration of historical and cultural sites that should be conserved while the infrastructure and facilities in the second area needs improvement. The third neighbourhood is to be optimised.
In the first neighbourhood, Tha Phra Chan, Tha Chang and Tha Tian are home to famous temples, including Wat Pho, Wat Chana Songkhram, Wat Mahathat, Wat Kalayanamit and the Grand Palace, as well as several decades-old communities that need preserving.
"Things need to be done to make these areas are more appealing. Once improved, we believe the hidden gems of Bangkok will attract the attention of tourists, generating income for the government," she said.
Ms Niramon suggested that City Hall improve five locations in the first neighbourhood.
The first is the pavement near Tha Phra Chan. The restaurants, stalls, and kiosks will have to be appropriately designated to allow pedestrians to walk and use the shared space freely.
The second is landscape improvements at Tha Chang and nearby locations to increase public access and for setting up spaces for tourism-related activities.
The third involves infrastructure and facility improvements around the Navy Club and Ratcha Woradit Pier which embraces several historical sites in order to allow people to appreciate Thai history and culture more.
The fourth project include adding riverside public spaces and introducing footpaths connecting them, while transforming Children's Centre Baan Pranee, which has been abandoned for years, into a learning centre of the future is part of the fifth project.
Ms Niramon said the Rattanakosin area has a high potential to become a tourist attraction, citing low population density -- 2,813 persons per sq km compared to 7,737 persons per sq km in Singapore, 9,800 persons per sq km in Istanbul and 19,380 persons per sq km in Paris.
Ja, die Regierenden in Thailand haben immer grosse Pläne,leider werden sie nie realisiert!
Besonders nicht wenn es um die Erhaltung alter Strukutren geht.
In Thailand wird Alles schön Neu gebaut und danach total vergammeln gelassen.
Für die Erhaltung und Lebenswertmachung der Flusseite an Tha Phra Chan,Ratcha Woradit
und Tha Chang bedarf es sehr wenig.
Die Gegend am Tha Maharaj hat man ja schon sehr schön renoviert.
Inklusive Riverwalk zum Talad Tha Phra Chan.
Jetzt brauchte man nur die Bürgersteige der Maharaj Strasse und den
unnötigen Verkehr auf der Maharaj und der Ratcha Woradit zu regulieren.
Aber dies ist im heutigen BKK leider unmöglich!
Keiner wagt es den unsinnigen motorisierten Verkehr zu regulieren
geschweige denn Fusswege oder gar Fussgängerzonen einzurichten!
Und die am Anfang der Militärdiktatur eingerichteten Radwege
sind inzwischen alle zugeparkt oder werden von Motosai benutzt.