Prasumen Fort and Santichaiprakarn Park

Prasumen Fort - March 29, 2004
Prasumen Fort is one of two remaining city wall forts in Rattanakosin Island and in recent years undergone a facelift with nearby buildings cleared to create Santichaiprakarn Park. Here are some photos from past and present.


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Prasumen Fort during the Rama V era with the old city wall intact.

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Prasumen Fort in 1992 - Note the buildings on the left that were removed for the construction of Santichaiprakarn Park.


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Prasumen Fort in 2004 - In a rare instance of aesthetic foresight, the electric lines have been removed from in front of the fort.



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Prasumen Fort by night in 2004 - A new tourist attraction.



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The other city wall fort, Mahakan Fort, during Loy Krathong in 2003 (the Golden Mount is in the background). Behind this fort is the Mahakan Fort community



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Prasumen Fort today as the centerpiece of Santichaiprakarn Park


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Prasumen Fort during the Rama V era with the old city wall intact.

Santichaiprakarn Park - September 17, 2001

This waterside park is based around the Prasumen Fort that marks the northeast corner of Rattanakosin Island--an area that demarcates the old city area of Bangkok. It is a well thought out park with a Thai-style pavilion, sculptures, a beautiful mangrove tree, restrooms (in the northeast corner), and plenty of benches (which often seem to be taken by backpacking frangs reading paperback books). There are usually several security guards prominently patrolling. An elevated grade across the park is intended to assist in flood control.

There are a few diagonal parking spaces in front of the park. Unfortunately, as with most public parking in Bangkok, they seem to have become permanent parking for some broken-down taxis and some big Mercedes Benzs. A row of historic shophouses across the street from the park are filled with trendy cafes and pubs.

See also Rattanakosin Island Waterfront Reclamation
See also Rama VIII Bridge

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Looking southwest across the Chao Phraya River


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Looking south towards Pinklao Bridge


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Looking northeast across the Chao Phraya River to the Rama VIII Bridge construction


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It is unusual to see the riverside so completely open in downtown Bangkok.

A shoreline promenade extends from the park to the Pinklao Bridge. This is a long overdue improvement. There do seem to be many seedy looking characters lounging around the walk though.

October, 2001 - Wesley has alerted us to possible new riverside promenades (above right): Taking the Chaopraya Express boat north, I've noticed the recent construction of what appear to be walkways with concrete railing posts very similar (possibly identical) to the ones on the promenade of Santichaiprakarn Park. Locations of this new work all seem to be on the Thonburi side of the river, including the area in front of the defunct Sofitel hotel and occurring as far north as past the Pinklao bridge.... It almost looks as if they intend to build some sort of intermittent, disjoint riverwalk.... The Si Praya ferry lands right on top of one (by the Sofitel).

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