Old city moat to become new Bangkok attraction
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is preparing to turn the historic Phadung Krung Kasem canal into a new city attraction, complete with walkways and a park.
The 5.5-kilometre canal connects at both ends with the Chao Phraya River, enclosing the historic capital of Rattanakosin and dividing it from inner Bangkok districts like Bang Rak, Pathumwan, and Dusit.
“We are planning to improve the landscape along the canal and turn it into a new city landmark,” said BMA permanent secretary Silapasuay Raweesaengsoon on Thursday.
“New footpaths and a public park will be built to attract tourists, while the electric boat service will be upgraded for commuters.”
The electric boat service runs from 6am to 7pm at 15-minute intervals on weekdays, and every 30 minutes from 8am to 7pm on weekends and holidays. Passengers can travel for free during the current six-month trial period, which will end in May with the introduction of a Bt10 fare.
The BMA expects to approve the canal’s development plan and budget next month.
The canal was constructed in 1851 as the second moat to guard the growing capital of Rattanakosin.