First looks at the Phetchburi, Queen Sirikit Convention Center, and Hua Lamphong subway stations - April 6, 2004
Going down the escalators from street level
Underpass at Ratchapeisek Road
An empty subway train passes the station.
Above and below: Examples of signs on the platform level--notice the Skytrain links clearly marked.
Elegant subway sign with a Thai motif
Plaque installed in every station--quite a prominent display of the Japanese flag
Queen Sirikit Convention Center Station
The Queen Sirikit Station symbol. Other station symbols are here.
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
Above and below: Display case
area under the glass pyramid at the Hua Lamphong Station.
The glass pyramid at street level
The Hua Lamphong Station is the only station
with any variety in its design.
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.
Walk of names from the escalator going up.
The passage to Hua Lamphong. On the walls are xeroxed photos of the subway construction.
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.