Take an architectural tour of Sukhumvit
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Take an architectural tour of Sukhumvit

Take an architectural tour of Sukhumvit
Ambassador Hotel. photo courtesy of Weerapon Singnoi

Siamese Heritage Trust is holding a one-day trip to explore modern architecture in the Sukhumvit area on May 10.

Sukhumvit is known for its lively atmosphere and cosmopolitan lifestyle, but there is a side to it that does not get as much attention -- its role in the modern history of Bangkok through architecture.

Led by Navamintr Vitayakul from Siam Society and Chomchon Fusinpaiboon, a lecturer at Chulalongkorn University's Faculty of Architecture and also an expert in modern and contemporary architecture in Thailand and Asia, the trip involves visiting buildings that show how the city has changed over time through the 20th century.

Some of the stops include the Siam Society Auditorium (1932), Wattana Wittaya Academy (1919), Wattana Church (1959), the Embassy of the Republic of India (1979), Ambassador Hotel (1979), Miami Hotel (1965) and the Embassy of Switzerland (1961).

These sites help tell the story of Bangkok's development and the architectural styles that have come to define it. Through various building types, this trip is about looking beyond Sukhumvit's usual image to appreciate the historical value and architectural diversity that have shaped the area.

Through discussions and guided tours, participants will get to understand the importance of preserving structures.

The fee is 4,500 baht (4,000 baht for members) and covers transportation and meals.

Email studytrips@thesiamsociety.org or call 02-661-6470--3 ext 205.

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