Judging from the sweat dripping down on to my keyboard, I'm certain Bangkok has become too hot to handle. The phrase "global warming" has echoed in my head over and over, like a chant from hell. It is happening now _ and what luck, we have no way out.
While spending an afternoon in a shopping mall for free air conditioning, I discovered something quite thrilling online _ do you know that there are green spaces as large as 400 rai in the hustling and bustling city of Bangkok?According to the environmental movement Makkasan Hope, one such space is does exist in Makkasan district, right in the heart of the city. But time is running out, as there is an attempt to turn it into _ what Bangkok already seems overloaded with _ another shopping complex.
This precious lush green land is owned by the State Railway of Thailand (SRT). The land, located near the Airport Rail Link's Makkasan station, is estimated to be worth at least 300 billion baht. Besides a number of large trees and a big swamp, it is also a shunting yard and train-repair warehouse, which was built in 1922. In 2006, the warehouse was listed for conservation by the Association of Siamese Architects.
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