City Hall fixes soggy new 'Bangkok' sign

Workers repair the giant
Workers repair the giant "กรุงเทพฯ - Bangkok" sign on the elevated railway beam at Pathumwan intersection on Monday. (Photo & video: Traffic and Transportation Department, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration)

City Hall workers have fixed the new overhead destination sign,"กรุงเทพฯ - Bangkok", at Pathumwan intersection after complaints that it was already soggy and unsightly.

An official said the repairs made on Monday followed online complaints about a watery swelling on parts of the big destination board on a beam under the BTS line at Pathumwan intersection.

There were a few soggy points found on the sign, he said. They occurred because the surface of the concrete beam was uneven and rainwater had collected in gaps along the edge of the sign.

The repair crew pierced the swollen sections to drain the water, dried them out and then used a tool to iron it flat before resealing the whole sign with silicone, he said.

The sign was installed only last month and was the subject of several mocking memes over its seemingly high cost.


  • beam: a long thick piece of metal, concrete, wood, etc. especially used to support weight in a building or other structure - คานรับน้ำหนัก
  • mocking: when you laugh at someone or something in an unkind way - หัวเราะเยาะ, เย้ยหยัน
  • official: someone with an important position in an organisation - เจ้าหน้าที่
  • pierce: to go into or through something, making a hole in it using a sharp point - แทง, ทิ่ม, ปัก, เสียบ, เจาะ
  • silicone: a substance formed by a chemical process from silicon and other substances, used for making many different things - ยางซิลิโคน
  • soggy: wet and soft, especially in an unpleasant way - เปียกโชก, ชุ่มโชก
  • swelling (noun): the condition of being larger or rounder than normal (= of being swollen); a place on your body that has become larger or rounder than normal as the result of an illness or injury - การบวม, การพอง

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