TEST YOURSELF: Into the future

TEST YOURSELF: Into the future

Photo: Benjakitti Forest Park
Photo: Benjakitti Forest Park

Things to look forward to in 2022

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Read the following story by Eric E Surbano from Bangkok Post’s Guru Magazine. Then, answer the questions that follow.

After a tiring couple of years, let's try and look at some of the things we can look forward to. From new parks to malls, here's what's coming up in the Kingdom.

Benjakitti Forest Park

The planned forest park is set to become Bangkok's green lung, measuring a huge 259 rai. It's an extension of the original Benjakitti Park, which is next to Queen Sirikit National Convention Center. There will also be walkways and bicycle trails that will connect it to Lumphini Park. The park plans to have numerous outdoor spaces for sports and gatherings, as well as ponds and canals for those days you just want to have a quiet picnic by the water. If the photos uploaded online are to be believed, the entire park could be Bangkok's version of Central Park in NYC but I guess we'll know for sure once the park opens up in 2022.

Queen Sirikit Convention Center

The reopening of Queen Sirikit National Convention Center is set for next year, after it closed down in 2019 for a total makeover. It will be a larger space capable to accommodate 100,000 visitors daily, along with additional retail zones meaning you can attend events and also shop 'til you drop. The newly renovated QSNCC has a total of 78,500 square metres in event space with two main exhibition halls. It will also have two conference halls measuring 45,000 square metres in total and fifty meeting rooms.

Boutique Corporation Community Mall

Charoen Krung has long been a community hub that continues to expand every year with new developments, and it shows no sign of stopping. Boutique Corporation will be opening a new community mall "that offers an integrated lifestyle experience comprising of stores, restaurants, wellness and educational outlets.” In other words, it's a pretty much like every mall there is here in Bangkok. Not a lot is known about the mall yet other than its location. Even its own name is still unknown. We'll have to await further details as its 2022 opening date draws nearer.


EmSphere is the planned third development alongside EmQuartier and Emporium. Collectively, it would be known as the Em District. The EmSphere plans to bring a mix of retail stores and office spaces, which isn't anything new. But other than its glass design, there's really nothing else we know about it other than it's going to be yet another mall selling luxury goods. The Em Live, an arena that's planned to seat 6,000 people, will also open nearby. Well, it looks like traffic is going to be even worse in Phrom Phong in 2022.

Section 1: Write the correct answer in the space provided.
1. How big is Benjakitti Forest Park? …………….
2. Which park is it compared to? …………….
3. QSNCC has two conference halls of 45,000 sq/m each. True or false? …………….
4. The Boutique Corporation mall will be very different to other Bangkok malls. True or false? …………….
5. What is the name for the Phrom Phong area with three malls?…………..
6. How many people can Em Live hold? …………….

Section 2: Read the following passage. Then, fill in the blanks with the correct words from the choices given.
Bangkok Mall Bang Na …7… said to be not just the biggest mall in the city but also the biggest in Southeast Asia. It …8… include Bangkok Arena on its grounds, a major sports and concert venue. …9… opening is …10… for 2023.

7. __A. has been             __B. has had                __C. has
8. __A. can                 __B. will                  __C. has
9. __A. Its                __B. It’s               __C. It is
10. __A. schedule            __B. scheduled                __C. scheduling
Section 3: Find words that match the following definitions.
11. one of the two organs in the chest with which people breathe ……………
12. a large meeting, often lasting a few days  ……………
13. the state of being healthy  ……………
14. the act of selling goods to the public  …………

Answers: 1. 259 rai. 2. Central Park. 3. false. 4. false. 5. Em District. 6. 6,000. 7. a. 8. b. 9. a. 10. b. 11.  lung. 12. conference. 13. wellness. 14. retail.

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