First Post and telegraph office

(Photo: Nils)
First Post and telegraph office - October 21, 2004
Nils writes: Did you notice there has been a new building downstream of Saphan Phut (Memorial Bridge) for some time? It is directly adjacent to Phra Pokklao Bridge.
It has a historical style reminiscent of the Rama V era, is quite tall and very slim. You can see it looming behind the trees when passing on an express boat on the river. But I cannot remember ever seeing anything there before, and it looks very new, so I went there one weekend to find out.
The structure itself is finished, but the gardening activities around it seem having been abandoned.... many of the flower pots are empty, some trees have toppled. People living under the bridge were using the space at the backside for an afternoon game of takraw.
It has a (functioning) clock in its tower and a Thai flag on top, but there is nothing inside the building. I also wondered how to go up to the second floor, as I could not see any staircase, neither outside nor inside.
The plate in front of the entrance says: "This building was constructed in the style of a 'front building' - The first (post and) telegraph office in Thailand, BE 2426 [1883 AD] - For purposes of conservation. Construction carried out by the Department of Public Works and Town and Country Planning, Ministry of Interior, BE 2547 [2004 AD]."

Post and Telegraph Museum - Historic post office building replaced at foot of bridge - Bangkok Post, June 27, 2004
Bangkok had to sacrifice one of its most charming architectural structures, the Post and Telegram Office, with the 1981 construction of the Somdej Phra Pokklao Bridge to ease traffic congestion in Phra Nakhon's Klong Ong-Ang area.
Today a new building, on a much smaller scale, has replaced the old one at the foot of the bridge on the Phra Nakhon side.
Only the facade of the old building has been kept by the new structure, painted light yellow and white _ the same colours of the old renaissance-style structure which had graced the Chao Phraya River since 1883, during the reign of King Chulalongkorn...
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