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Old July 13th, 2010, 11:51 AM   #481
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Bangkok cityscape while on board the Skytrain
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Then there it was, the Baiyoke Tower, Thailand’s tallest building.





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The Victory Monument






The BTS (SkyTrain) make its way round the rotunda.

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Old July 14th, 2010, 11:49 AM   #485
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Near the Victory Monument is Dusit, the center of Thai officialdom and an oasis of relative calm in a chaotic city. Tree lined avenues, khlong, old buildings, and the low skyline have all been preserved here.

Most notable is the ANANTA SAMAKHOM THRONE HALL, constructed in lavish Italian Renaissance and Neo-classic style. It is often used as a venue for important royal and state ceremonies.





On June 9, 2006, H.M. King Bhumibol appeared on the balcony of the hall to receive statements of well wishes during his Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.




One of 2 auxiliary buildings beside the throne hall…





Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall now houses the Exhibition of the Masterpieces, a collection of royal regalia and scale models of royal thrones, barges, howdahs, etc mostly crafted in gold and embellished with gemstones. Too bad taking photos are not allowed.
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On board the SkyTrain again and approaching Siam Central station is Siam Discovery, a 6-level mall, with 200 shops and dining outlets.



Beside it is Siam Center, an upscale mall which specializes in fashion shops.


The Siam Central interchange…




Then right beside Siam Center is the newest among the three, Siam Paragon, which is connected to the SkyTrain station.

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The exterior of Siam Paragon is amazing… such a refreshing sight after getting off the train…





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Siam Paragon’s distinct main entrance faηade…





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The main entrance lobby… the water feature IMO was overdecorated with cut out birds, or not in synch with the setting.








Like the roof though…

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Siam Paragon has 500,000 sqm of floor space and houses 350 flagship stores and over 100 dining outlets.





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Jay Mart is a very popular electronics shop in Thailand…




Embedded cellphones flooring design at the shop’s entrance…




The Paragon Department Store



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A portion of the 4th or 5th level are showrooms of luxury cars.







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The lobby of the entertainment level (5th floor)





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Vending machines for movie tickets…

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From the entertainment lobby, you get an excellent view of the Central World complex, another upscale shopping mall …










The SkyTrain has two levels at this segment because of the interchange at Siam Central station…



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