Opening of Ratchapakdi Park

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Re: Opening of Ratchapakdi Park

Post by Frank Hovis » Wed Sep 30, 2015 3:04 pm

Yorkminster has about 16 to 18 statues of English kings all next to each other. Mt. Rushmore (not a city) has four presidents heads all next to each other, Notre Dame has half a dozen statues of Kings (not French but from biblical contexts), Cologne Cathedral; you might be right, they might be biblical sculptures but for sure Hohenzollen bridge has four statues of Kings/Kaisers, NyiPyiTaw Kings Park is a park with three Myanmar Kings, The Tirana monuments are Illyrian Kings & Queens.

I see very little difference between these and the Thai Kings Park, they are all just a reminder of a countries history.

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Opening of Ratchapakdi Park

Post by Felipesed » Wed Sep 30, 2015 3:33 pm

Perhaps europtomiste comes from a country that does not want to remember its history?

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Re: Opening of Ratchapakdi Park

Post by Pleng » Wed Sep 30, 2015 4:39 pm

europtimiste wrote:The fool as you say will reply, because he can write and speak in your language, even if he is luckily not from an english speaking country, but most of you are unable to use another language, matter of education, culture and background.
I consider this huge statue park as a show for Thais, for a permanent brainwashing. Those kings are already standing in main squares of various Thai cities, so why put them together in a.... yes kind of Disneyland.
Nope I still don't see any relation between a small land mass featuring statues of past leaders and theme park featuring giant mice walking around.
Can anybody tell me where in the world you can find a park with the statues of past kings or presidents ?
Some of you might like this display, but it's not praiseworthy and doesn't deserve so many comments on this site.
I don't see this site giving the opening of this park any more coverage than it does to, say, a new restaurant opening. And I certainly haven't seen anybody coverage that would suggest anybody believes it to be "praiseworthy".

I personally don't have any real feelings about it one way or the other. I will probably pop in to see it when I go past, if it's not raining. I was simply interested in how you come to compare it to Disney Land. And you haven't really provided any justification other than "it's a bunch of statues of past kings all in one place so it's like Disney Land"... which doesn't really make any sense

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Opening of Ratchapakdi Park

Post by Felipesed » Wed Sep 30, 2015 4:52 pm

Here is the YouTube link to the broadcast of the opening ceremony.
The English subtitles are not exactly "good English" but near enough.
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Re: Opening of Ratchapakdi Park

Post by europtimiste » Thu Oct 01, 2015 3:44 pm

A brainwashing show with patriotic comments. You can see elephant fighting in Surin or in Phuket, Pattaya.
A show park.... not so much amusing as Disneyland.

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Re: Opening of Ratchapakdi Park

Post by dtaai-maai » Thu Oct 01, 2015 4:00 pm

The only conclusion I can come to concerning 'europtimiste' is that he has been forced out of his own country by peer pressure and padlocked to an uncomfortable Thai chair in front of a computer, being fed exclusively on rice and Lao Khao, and regularly pelted with over-ripe durian.

This may not be the case of course, but if not, it's certainly worth considering! :laugh:
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Re: Opening of Ratchapakdi Park

Post by europtimiste » Thu Oct 01, 2015 6:37 pm

Yes, 700 million Baht for that..........

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Post by fabman » Mon Nov 02, 2015 5:00 am

It sounds like a giant car park , with some impressive Statues of former Kings ....and acres apon acres of grass land of which people / children are not even supposed to walk/play on.

I'm sure the departed kings apreciate it :wink: but it would be nice to have a park built for people still currently alive in HH 8)

Its a shame as it should of been so much more , considering the money spent on it

The wait for a proper park for the people in HH goes on...

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Re: Opening of Ratchapakdi Park

Post by StevePIraq » Tue Nov 03, 2015 12:16 pm

A proper park with cut grass, flower beds, places for kids to play, soccer field, lake with ducks/swans, cycle track etc. would be a great place to take the kids at weekends, but this is not the Thai way, one cannot go outside in the sun.
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Re: Opening of Ratchapakdi Park

Post by STEVE G » Sat Nov 07, 2015 5:25 pm

europtimiste wrote:Yes, 700 million Baht for that..........
Apparently it now cost 1 billion baht but we are reassured that no corruption was involved!
http://m.bangkokpost.com/most-recent/757316

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Re: Opening of Ratchapakdi Park

Post by Bluesky » Sat Nov 07, 2015 6:25 pm

It must be so! Obviously no need to engage independent auditors.

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Re: Opening of Ratchapakdi Park

Post by fabman » Sat Nov 07, 2015 9:47 pm

StevePIraq wrote:A proper park with cut grass, flower beds, places for kids to play, soccer field, lake with ducks/swans, cycle track etc. would be a great place to take the kids at weekends, but this is not the Thai way, one cannot go outside in the sun.
That sounds like the kind of place they should build , there are plenty of other cities in Thailand that have these facilities.
I was in Sri Racha recently and they have a really nice park , despite it being a relativity small city.

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Re: Opening of Ratchapakdi Park

Post by Nereus » Sun Nov 08, 2015 9:02 am

Wasn`t me:

Police build Ratchapakdi graft case

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general ... graft-case

The operators of two casting factories contracted to build statues for the army's Ratchapakdi Park project have told police they were asked to pay commission fees, a police source said yesterday.

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Army spokesman Col Winthai Suwaree said yesterday the Office of the Royal Thai Police denied there was a corruption probe involving the park, as had been claimed in some media reports.
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Re: Opening of Ratchapakdi Park

Post by StevePIraq » Tue Nov 10, 2015 2:20 pm

Like I had previously commented, no formal tender process or due diligence in awarding contracts.
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Re: Opening of Ratchapakdi Park

Post by STEVE G » Tue Nov 10, 2015 3:11 pm

100,000 bt palm trees now:
http://m.bangkokpost.com/news/758104

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