Five new stations along Bangkok MRT Blue Line have opened to the public on 29 July 2019. Commuters can ride for free along this stretch until 28 September 2019, under its two-month trial. Trains will operate from 10am to 4pm during the trial period.
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 – 11 mins walk to Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn)
- Tha Phra
Before these new stations, the closest MRT station to Chinatown is Hua Lamphong. You’ll need to walk for about 10-15 minutes to reach Chinatown from the station.
Now to get to Chinatown, you can take the MRT to Wat Mangkon station — only 1 station away from Hua Lamphong.
Bangkok MRT Blue Line Extension
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 highlight unique cultural landscapes.
Sanam Chai, for instance, is meant to resemble a Rattanakosin-style stateroom. Wat Mangkon in Chinatown blends a mix of Chinese and European architecture with a dragon motif.