New parliament to open next month

New parliament to open next month

The new parliament with its striking golden stupa is being readied for a full opening on May 1 after eight years of construction. It is thought to be one of the biggest parliament buildings in the world. (Photo by Pornprom Satrabhaya)
The new parliament with its striking golden stupa is being readied for a full opening on May 1 after eight years of construction. It is thought to be one of the biggest parliament buildings in the world. (Photo by Pornprom Satrabhaya)

The Sappaya-Sapasathan, the new parliament house of Thailand, will be officially inaugurated on next month, according to Pornpit Petchcharoen, secretary-general of the House of Representatives.

The new parliament will open on May 1 after eight years of construction. Landscaping is being completed and furnishings put in. Parts of the building have housed meetings of the Senate and the House of Representatives. This building replaces the original parliament near Dusit Zoo. Sappaya-Sapasathan is located on Kiakkai Road along the Chao Phraya River. The project was initiated in July 2008, when Samak Sundaravej became prime minister.

Sappaya-Sapasathan sits on an area covering over 424,000 square metres, and cost 2 billion baht. It can accommodate more than 5,000 people and has parking space for about 2,000 cars. The main feature is the pagoda at the centre of the building. This is the meeting place of two chambers: the Senate, and the House of Representatives. There are also museums, a convention centre, a seminar room, a banquet hall and an office room.

Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT (9)

Blue Origin sets date for first space mission

SEATTLE: Blue Origin, billionaire Jeff Bezos' rocket company, is targeting July 20 for its first suborbital sightseeing trip on its New Shepard spacecraft, a landmark moment in a competition to usher in a new era of private commercial space travel.

13:00

Covid tests, inoculations accelerated in Bangkok communities

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is speeding up mass testing and vaccination in Covid-hit communities, admitting the disease is expanding rapidly in the capital.

12:29

No Chao Phraya express boats weekends, holidays

Chao Phraya express ferry services have been temporarily suspended on weekends and public holidays, with the operator citing a 90% drop in passengers.

11:50