First looks at the subway stations


First looks at the Phetchburi, Queen Sirikit Convention Center, and Hua Lamphong subway stations
- April 6, 2004


Earlier station photos
Morchit Subway Station Construction - March 14, 2001
Inside the Rama 9 Station - July 3, 2003


Phetchburi Station


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At the Phetchburi and Queen Sirikit Convention Center Stations we were told taking photos in the subway is "against the law."


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Going down the escalators from street level


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Underpass at Ratchapeisek Road

Stylish ticket gate on the ticketing level. No stations have ticketing machines installed yet. An attendant said they will be installed "probably next month."

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An empty subway train passes the station.


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Above and below: Examples of signs on the platform level--notice the Skytrain links clearly marked.


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Elegant subway sign with a Thai motif


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Plaque installed in every station--quite a prominent display of the Japanese flag


Queen Sirikit Convention Center Station


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The Queen Sirikit Station symbol. Other station symbols are here.


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We had been under the impression that the Queen Sirikit Convention Center and Hua Lamphong subway stations would have special design elements.

According to the Thai press: Queen Sirikit Convention Center Station will be a completely designed with traditional Thai-style decor. Hualampong station will have a museum detailing railroad mega projects in Thailand starting with the first railroad cars imported by Rama V.

However both stations appear basically identical to the others.

Many people will notice how grey, bland and dim the stations are. However, this kind of design is created with a purpose. It is used around the world as a psychological tool to discourage people from remaining in station areas.


Hua Lamphong Station


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Above and below: Display case area under the glass pyramid at the Hua Lamphong Station.
This displays the foundation stone laid by HRH The Crown Prince.


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The glass pyramid at street level


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The Hua Lamphong Station is the only station with any variety in its design.
Above and below are interior views of the domed entrance on the north side of Rama IV Road.


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Names of those who worked on the subway project on an overhand under the domed entrance. We wonder if the workers who earned 175 baht a day are listed (Workin' on the subway for 175 baht (US$4) a day, Manager Sunday, March 10, 2002). The long passage leads to the Hua Lamphong Railroad Station.


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Walk of names from the escalator going up.


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The passage to Hua Lamphong. On the walls are xeroxed photos of the subway construction.


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Over at Hua Lamphong Railroad Station, workers prepare a new floor outside the main hall. Inside, work on sealing the hall for air-conditioning is still in progress.

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Earlier station photos
Morchit Subway Station Construction - March 14, 2001
Inside the Rama 9 Station - July 3, 2003

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