Bangkok Subway Symbols

No further symbols for the rest of the stations - July 9, 2004

2Bangkok.com contacted MRTA to ask about the lack of subways symbols north of the Thai Cultural Station. Their Public Relations department said it was because from Hua Lamphong to Thai Cultural Center there were "special or important places" to base the symbols on, but there are "no special or important places from Huay Kwang to Bang Sue."
We asked if the reason really was that two different contractors worked on the line and the one that worked on the northern section did not participate in the symbol project. MRTA's reply: "something like that."
We finally asked if there were any plans to create further symbols for the rest of the stations. The answer: "No. Construction is finished."
It is not surprising no further emphasis is being put on the symbols. The existing symbols were poorly received and are not being used at all in signage or maps.
Subway Station symbols revealed - translated and summarized by Wisarut Bholsithi from the MRTA website, June, 2003

Wisarut reports: MRTA has designated 9 symbols as logos for the subway stations.

1) Hua Lamphong - Red Hua Lamphong Railway Station (Bangkok Central Station) used red symbol due to the fact that it is a commercial section in city area.
2) Sam Yan - Pink roof modeled from Chaulalongkorn University Auditorium. Pink is a color for Chualongkorn university - the color of Tuesday which is the day King Chulalongkorn was born (on Tuesday September 20, 1853). However, due to the high density nearby, red will be substituted for pink color.
3) Silom - a blue statue of King Vajiravut in front of Lumphinee Park - Blue signaling an interchange with the Skytrain station at Saladaeng
4) Lumphinee - Green lotus since this station is close to Lumphinee Park
5) Klong Toei - Orange Thai-style roof from Tamnak Plai Noen. Orange sign is for the area with moderate population density.
6) Queen Sirikit - a yellow symbol of Queen Sirikit National Convention Center - Yellow is a symbol of Thai Royalty.

7) Sukhumvit - a blue Lanna-style roof from Ruen Khamthiang at the Siam Society not far from the station. Blue is for an interchange with the Skytrain

8) Phetburi - Cyan (or azure) canal with waves - a symbol of Saen Saeb canal which is not far from the station
9) Rama IX - a red Thai number "9" since this is a commercial area.

The other 9 logos (for Thai Cultural Center to Bang Sue) will we revealed at a later date.
It can be assumed that:
1) Blue is for interchange (Chatuchak Park)
2) Red is for commercial areas (Kamphaengphet, Phaholyothin)
3) Green for parks (Thai cultural center)
4) Orange for areas of moderate density (Suthisarn, Ratchada, Lad Phrao, and probably Bangsue)
5) Yellow for the Royal family (Thai cultural center)
6) Cyan (or azure) is for waterways (probably Bangsue)
It would be nice if BTSC came up with symbols for the Skytrain stations (e.g. Victory Monument with the obelisk-shape monument with orange color, National Stadium with a blue Stadium, Saladaeng with violet Dusit Thanee Hotel green tree with symbol of Queen Sirikit for Phrom Phong station, and red Sra Pathum Palace or so). [This may not be possible since cabinet decisions determine that both existing Skytrain lines are green lines. BTS has tried and failed to get permission to designate different colors for the two lines.]
Already there is grumbling that the nine symbols for subway stations are not well designed or compelling.
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