Ban Bang Yeekhan -
September 20, 2004
Mike pointed out this amazing mansion he spotted on a recent trip
to Bangkok. 2Bangkok.com photographers tracked down the building
and took these two panoramas (above - large size 278kb
and below - large size 244kb).
The water level in the front yard is the same as the water level
in the river. Note the Rama 8 Bridge in the background.
Wisarut researched the history: "Ban Bang Yeekhan"
built around 1910 by Ammart Ek Phraya Cholaphoomphanit (Kai Tak)
and his wife, Khunying Suan who used to work as servant in the
Palace of Queen Saowabhapongsri. Therefore, it has Chinse and
Colonial styles whcih were in fashion at the time.
Later on, his son, Mr Panjit Anekkawanit (the former governor
of Bangkok and Thonburi) sold the house to the cartakers of Unsorrizzunna
Mosque (the mosque opposite the site across Bangkok Noy Canal
near Thonburi station) in the 1950s to use it as the new Raj Karun
Muslim School. The original school was razed by Allied bombing
durign WWII in an attmept to destroy Thonburi Station (AKA Bangkok
Noy Station) in 1945. Tha final assault on Thonburi Station was
on March 5, 1945.
Raj Karun Muslim School
went out of business in 1978 so the building is abandoned and
now this Ban Bang Yeekhan (Bang Yeekhan House) is under the trusteeship
of Krungthep Witthayatharn Muslim Foundation. However Krungthep
Witthayatharn seems to be short of funds to renovate it.
First look at the Mahakan Fort park (589kb)
of the new airport
Nils sent in a nighttime
views from Italthai Tower (134kb):
Pictures 1-5 add up to a panorama from the West (Pratunam, Baiyoke
II can be seen) to the East (Bangkapi/Ramkamhaeng/Khlong Tan, with
Charn Issara II).
Mikael from Sweden has created
these wonderful panoramic images based on photos that recently
ran on 2Bangkok: New airport construction (245kb)
and Benny's State Tower view (653kb).
Mikael has many panoramas of Koh
Samui and Stockholm
on his own site, Thailand Resor ('Thailand Travel' in Swedish).
All these panoramas run in Quicktime.
Once the image appears, you swivel back and forth by pulling your
cursor across the image.
Benny sent in this
breathtaking panoramic view (2.86MB)
from the 45th floor of State Tower.
Anand sent in this panorama that shows a typical
Bangkok skyline: Bangkok haze (95.6kb).
Songkhla panoramas - August 17,
Views from the north (above - full
size 225kb) and south (below - full
size 215kb) from Tang Kuan Mountain in Songkhla.