Bangkok MRT Blue Line Extension Links Chinatown and Grand Palace

Five new MRT stations along Bangkok’s Blue Line opened to the public on 29 July 2019. Commuters can ride for free along this stretch until 28 September 2019, under it’s two month trial.

The five new stations:

  • Wat Mangkon – 5 mins walk to Chinatown
  • Sam Yot
  • Sanam Chai – 5 mins walk to Grand Palace & Reclining Buddha Wat Pho
  • Itsaraphap
  • Tha Phra

The Blue Line extension has 11 stations in total, with the remaining stretches to open later this year and in 2020. 

Four of the stations are designed to showcase unique cultural landscapes. 

Sanam Chai, for instance, is meant to resemble a Rattanakosin-style stateroom, reported Khaosod English. Wat Mangkon in Chinatown blends a mix of Chinese and European architecture with a dragon motif.

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